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Step into the enchanting world of bed chambers throughout history

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: The Death of Amy Robsart - William Frederick Yeames

The Death of Amy Robsart - William Frederick Yeames
Oil on Canvas 87 x 61

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Reading Aloud, 1884, (1936). Creator: Albert Joseph Moore

Reading Aloud, 1884, (1936). Creator: Albert Joseph Moore
Reading Aloud, 1884, (1936). Women in classical dress recline while reading a book. Victorian oil on canvas by Albert Joseph Moore (1841-1893). Held at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Surreal study, 1952. Creator: Shirley Markham

Surreal study, 1952. Creator: Shirley Markham
Surreal study, 1952. Illustration for a poem by TS Eliot. Shirley Markham (1931-1999) studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Central School of Art in London from 1950-1952

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Chatterton (The Death of Chatterton), 1856. Creator: Henry Wallis

Chatterton (The Death of Chatterton), 1856. Creator: Henry Wallis
Chatterton (The Death of Chatterton), 1856. Thomas Chatterton (1752-1770) was an unsuccessful poet whose suicide became a symbol of blighted artistic genius

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Countess of Leicester in her Coronation outfit

Countess of Leicester in her Coronation outfit
The Countess of Leicester, previously Lady Elizabeth Yorke (1912 - 1985), who acted as Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II at her Coronation

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Sick Carnot! (Carnot malade!), 1893. Creator: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Sick Carnot! (Carnot malade!), 1893. Creator: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Sick Carnot! (Carnot malade!), 1893

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Queen Victoria... visiting Soldiers wounded in the Indian Frontier campaigns... 1898, (1901)

Queen Victoria... visiting Soldiers wounded in the Indian Frontier campaigns... 1898, (1901)
Queen Victoria at Netley Hospital visiting Soldiers wounded in the Indian Frontier campaigns, December 3, 1898, (1901). Victoria (1819-1901) with injured men of the British Army

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: The Death of Saint Clare, c. 1400 / 1410. Creator: Master of Heiligenkreuz

The Death of Saint Clare, c. 1400 / 1410. Creator: Master of Heiligenkreuz
The Death of Saint Clare, c. 1400/1410

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: The Chamber Idyll, 1831. Creator: Edward Calvert

The Chamber Idyll, 1831. Creator: Edward Calvert
The Chamber Idyll, 1831

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Death and the Courtesan (Signed by the Wood-Engraver), 1903. Artist: Sebald Beham

Death and the Courtesan (Signed by the Wood-Engraver), 1903. Artist: Sebald Beham
Death and the Courtesan (Signed by the Wood-Engraver), 1903. From The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs, Volume 1 - March to May 1903. [The Burlington Magazine, Limited, London, 1903]

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Study of a Girl, c1910. Artist: Maxwell Gordon Lightfoot

Study of a Girl, c1910. Artist: Maxwell Gordon Lightfoot
Study of a Girl, c1910. From The Studio Volume 95. [London Offices of the Studio, London, 1928]

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: The Birth of the Virgin, 1430. Creator: Anon

The Birth of the Virgin, 1430. Creator: Anon
The Birth of the Virgin, 1430.

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Jurors playing cards - their bedroom McNamara case, between c1910 and c1915

Jurors playing cards - their bedroom McNamara case, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Jurors playing cards - their bedroom McNamara case, between c1910 and c1915.

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: The Birth of the Virgin, 1520. Creator: Jan de Beer

The Birth of the Virgin, 1520. Creator: Jan de Beer
The Birth of the Virgin, 1520.

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: The Naughty Drummer, 1655. Creator: Nicolaes Maes

The Naughty Drummer, 1655. Creator: Nicolaes Maes
The Naughty Drummer, 1655. A mother is obliged to chastise her small son, even threatening him with a small rod, as his drumming is likely to wake the sleeping baby

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: The Kiss, 1816. Creator: Theodore Gericault

The Kiss, 1816. Creator: Theodore Gericault
The Kiss, 1816.

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: The Duke of Orleans showing his Lover, 1825. Creator: Eugene Delacroix

The Duke of Orleans showing his Lover, 1825. Creator: Eugene Delacroix
The Duke of Orleans showing his Lover, 1825. A passage in the Histoire des ducs de Borgogne by Barante describes how the Duke of Orleans displayed the naked body of his lover Mariette d'Enghien

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Bedroom, Hughes House, between c1915 and c1920. Creator: Bain News Service

Bedroom, Hughes House, between c1915 and c1920. Creator: Bain News Service
Bedroom, Hughes House, between c1915 and c1920.

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Sir Thomas Killigrew (print)

Sir Thomas Killigrew (print)
5322589 Sir Thomas Killigrew (print) by English School, (17th century); (add.info.: Sir Thomas Killigrew, 1612 - 1683. Groom of the bed-chamber to Charles II.)

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: The Great Schools of England: one of the dormitories at Christ's Hospital School, 1862

The Great Schools of England: one of the dormitories at Christ's Hospital School, 1862. Creator: Unknown
The Great Schools of England: one of the dormitories at Christ's Hospital School, 1862. Founded in the 16th century, Christ's Hospital is one of the oldest boarding schools in England

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Interior Military Hospital car, C.P.R.'Y, 1917. Creator: Bain News Service

Interior Military Hospital car, C.P.R.'Y, 1917. Creator: Bain News Service
Interior Military Hospital car, C.P.R.'Y, 1917. The interior of a military hospital car with nurses on the Canadian Pacific Railway during World War I

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Sleeping room in Kaiserin's Hospital Train, between c1914 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Sleeping room in Kaiserin's Hospital Train, between c1914 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Sleeping room in Kaiserin's Hospital Train, between c1914 and c1915. A room on the hospital train of the Kaiserin Augusta Victoria (wife of Wilhelm II of Germany) during World War I

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: 'Squire Mayduke's Daughter' - drawn by John Gilbert, 1862. Creator: Unknown

"Squire Mayduke's Daughter" - drawn by John Gilbert, 1862. Creator: Unknown
"Squire Mayduke's Daughter" - drawn by John Gilbert, 1862. Illustration to a short story by Augustus Mayhew. From "Illustrated London News", 1862

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: 'After the Battle', by P. H. Calderon, A.R.A. 1864. Creator: W Thomas. 'After the Battle', by P. H

"After the Battle", by P. H. Calderon, A.R.A. 1864. Creator: W Thomas. "After the Battle", by P. H
"After the Battle", by P. H. Calderon, A.R.A. 1864. Engraving of a painting. A battle has raged in and around a Flemish village; the English have been victorious

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: A stampede of jackals through the environs of Calcutta, 1864. Creator: Mason Jackson

A stampede of jackals through the environs of Calcutta, 1864. Creator: Mason Jackson
A stampede of jackals through the environs of Calcutta, 1864. A walk through Calcutta about midnight reveals to the European stranger many curious sights

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: German Hospital R.R. car, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

German Hospital R.R. car, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
German Hospital R.R. car, between c1910 and c1915. A hospital railroad car, probably during World War I

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Queen Kristina of Sweden Visiting Professor Saumaise, 1794. Creator: Nicolas Lavreince

Queen Kristina of Sweden Visiting Professor Saumaise, 1794. Creator: Nicolas Lavreince
Queen Kristina of Sweden Visiting Professor Saumaise, 1794

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Party Scene; Allegory of the Five Senses, 1605-1652. Creator: Bartholomeus van Bassen

Party Scene; Allegory of the Five Senses, 1605-1652. Creator: Bartholomeus van Bassen
Party Scene; Allegory of the Five Senses, 1605-1652

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Nudity with man and woman; Intercourse scene, 1572-1602. Creator: Agostino Carracci

Nudity with man and woman; Intercourse scene, 1572-1602. Creator: Agostino Carracci
Nudity with man and woman; Intercourse scene, 1572-1602

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: House of Mrs. Robert L. Dodge, 1933 Oct. Creator: Arnold Genthe

House of Mrs. Robert L. Dodge, 1933 Oct. Creator: Arnold Genthe
House of Mrs. Robert L. Dodge, 1933 Oct. 17. Address: Sefton Manor, Mill Neck, Long Island, New York. House designed in 1922 by Clinton and Russell for cosmetics executive Lillian Sefton Dodge

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Title Page for Katherine's Story, 1786. Creator: Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki

Title Page for Katherine's Story, 1786. Creator: Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki
Title Page for Katherine's Story, 1786

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Illustration for Becker's Almanac for 1800, c1800. Creator: Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki

Illustration for Becker's Almanac for 1800, c1800. Creator: Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki
Illustration for Becker's Almanac for 1800, c1800. Plate: Plate 3

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Illustration for the Works of J.P.C. Florian, 1796. Creator: Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki

Illustration for the Works of J.P.C. Florian, 1796. Creator: Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki
Illustration for the Works of J.P.C. Florian, 1796

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: The Queen's Visit to Birmingham - Her Majesty's Bedroom, Stoneleigh Abbey, 1858. Creator: Unknown

The Queen's Visit to Birmingham - Her Majesty's Bedroom, Stoneleigh Abbey, 1858. Creator: Unknown
The Queen's Visit to Birmingham - Her Majesty's Bedroom, Stoneleigh Abbey, 1858. Her Majesty honoured Lord Leigh by sleeping at his family mansion, Stoneleigh Abbey

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Enema, late 18th-early 19th century. Creator: Nicolas Lavreince

Enema, late 18th-early 19th century. Creator: Nicolas Lavreince
Enema, late 18th-early 19th century

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: The Accident at St. George's Hospital: the Holland Ward after the Accident, 1876. Creator: Unknown

The Accident at St. George's Hospital: the Holland Ward after the Accident, 1876. Creator: Unknown
The Accident at St. George's Hospital: the Holland Ward after the Accident, 1876. From a sketch by Mr. F. Dawtrey Drewitt

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: A Village Wedding in the Bavarian Highlands, 1876. Creator: Unknown

A Village Wedding in the Bavarian Highlands, 1876. Creator: Unknown
A Village Wedding in the Bavarian Highlands, 1876. Dowry-Waggon before the Bridegroom's House; Salting the Soup; Marriage Procession...on the eve of the complete celebration

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: King Karl IX's Bedchamber at Gripsholm, 1884. Creator: Emma Josepha Sparre

King Karl IX's Bedchamber at Gripsholm, 1884. Creator: Emma Josepha Sparre
King Karl IX's Bedchamber at Gripsholm, 1884

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Karl XII as a child, 1682-1718, King of Sweden, 1684. Creator: David Klocker Ehrenstrahl

Karl XII as a child, 1682-1718, King of Sweden, 1684. Creator: David Klocker Ehrenstrahl
Karl XII as a child, 1682-1718, King of Sweden, 1684

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: The Suicide, c1836. Creator: Alexandre Gabriel Descamps

The Suicide, c1836. Creator: Alexandre Gabriel Descamps
The Suicide, c1836. The palette, pistol, and note lying on the floor suggest the tragic sequence of events that has taken place. An artist overcome by adversity has taken his life

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Joseph and Potiphar's Wife, c1520. Creator: Marcantonio Raimondi

Joseph and Potiphar's Wife, c1520. Creator: Marcantonio Raimondi
Joseph and Potiphar's Wife, c1520

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Illustration for Caroline of Lichtfield, 1786. Creator: Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki

Illustration for Caroline of Lichtfield, 1786. Creator: Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki
Illustration for Caroline of Lichtfield, 1786. International bestselling 18th Century melodramatic novel translated from French

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Illustration for Richardson's Clarissa, 1785. Creator: Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki

Illustration for Richardson's Clarissa, 1785. Creator: Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki
Illustration for Richardson's Clarissa, 1785. Plate: Plate 10

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Cecilia or the Story of a Rich Orphan, 1787. Creator: Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki

Cecilia or the Story of a Rich Orphan, 1787. Creator: Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki
Cecilia or the Story of a Rich Orphan, 1787. From almanac: King's Great Britain Historical Genealogical Calendar, 1789

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Cecilia or the Story of a Rich Orphan, 1787. Creator: Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki

Cecilia or the Story of a Rich Orphan, 1787. Creator: Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki
Cecilia or the Story of a Rich Orphan, 1787. From almanac: King's Great Britain Historical Genealogical Calendar, 1789

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Girl Reading in Bed, 1879-1888. Creator: James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Girl Reading in Bed, 1879-1888. Creator: James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Girl Reading in Bed, 1879-1888. The model is Maud Franklin, who Whistler met in London, perhaps as early as 1872 when she was just 15 years old. Franklin posed in a kimono as body-double for Mrs

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Woman Praying at a Deathbed, 1864. Creator: Benjamin Vautier

Woman Praying at a Deathbed, 1864. Creator: Benjamin Vautier
Woman Praying at a Deathbed, 1864

Background imageBed Chamber Collection: Woman Beside Bed of Sick Chid, 1840-1850. Creator: August Hunger

Woman Beside Bed of Sick Chid, 1840-1850. Creator: August Hunger
Woman Beside Bed of Sick Chid, 1840-1850



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Step into the enchanting world of bed chambers throughout history. From the cozy nooks where stories were whispered to the grandeur of coronation outfits, these captivating artworks offer a glimpse into intimate spaces. In "Reading Aloud, " created in 1884, we witness a serene scene as someone indulges in literature within their private sanctuary. The soft glow of lamplight illuminates the room, inviting us to join them on this literary journey. Moving forward to 1936, Shirley Markham's "Surreal Study" transports us to a dreamlike realm. With its distorted perspectives and whimsical elements, this artwork challenges our perception of reality and invites contemplation within the confines of a bed chamber. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's "Sick Carnot. " from 1893 captures an entirely different atmosphere. Here, we find ourselves in a somber setting as illness pervades the air. Through his masterful brushstrokes, Toulouse-Lautrec evokes empathy for those suffering while reminding us that even in confinement, compassion can flourish. The Countess of Leicester graces her Coronation outfit with regal elegance. This portrayal offers insight into both opulence and tradition within royal bed chambers—a space where history is made and legacies are forged. Traveling back further in time to c. 1400/1410 brings us face-to-face with "The Death of Saint Clare. " Created by Master of Heiligenkreuz during the Gothic period, this piece depicts an ethereal scene filled with sorrow and spiritual transcendence—an intimate moment captured forever on canvas. Edward Calvert's "The Chamber Idyll" takes us back even further—to 1831—where we encounter an idyllic vision bathed in natural light pouring through half-open curtains. It beckons viewers to appreciate simplicity and tranquility amidst everyday life.