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E-14: English Drawing Room of the Victorian Period, 1840-70

A work made of miniature room, mixed media.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of miniature room, mixed media.


c. 1937


Designed by Narcissa Niblack Thorne
American, 1882-1966

About this artwork

Narcissa Thorne must have imagined the occupants of this miniature drawing room to be loyal subjects of the English Crown, as it abounds with images of Queen Victoria and her husband, Albert. Thorne was amused by the lavish decoration and heavy ornament of Victorian furniture, which by her time had become unfashionable. The many ornate objects in this room were cleverly constructed using a mix of faux and genuine luxury materials: the candelabras, for example, are painted to look like gold, whereas the bases of the lamps flanking the doorway are made from real ivory.


On View, Gallery 11


Applied Arts of Europe


Narcissa Niblack Thorne (Designer)


E-14: English Drawing Room of the Victorian Period, 1840-70


United States (Object made in)

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Made 1932–1937


Miniature room, mixed media


Interior, Scale 1 inch = 1 foot: 44.5 × 71.8 × 135.3 cm (17 1/2 × 28 1/4 × 53 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. James Ward Thorne

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