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Living room, Mrs. George Stephen's house, Montreal, QC, 1884
Wm. Notman & Son
1884, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
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George Stephen (1829-1921) was a banker and railroad entrepreneur, as well as a generous philanthropist in Montreal and England.

Stephen's drawing room is an example of the late-19th-century trend of accumulating miscellaneous furniture and objects. Besides furniture, this room included a Chinese screen, objects of all sorts and sizes and paintings that exemplify a quintessentially Victorian taste

Often resembling antique shops, Victorian rooms were filled with paintings, silverware, porcelain, miniatures, photographs, souvenirs, trophies, vases, lamps, numerous plants, caged pets, objects on display under glass domes and, of course, furniture.

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