Story: Home décor and furnishings

Late-Victorian taste

Late-Victorian taste

The interior of Mt Peel station, owned by the Acland family of Canterbury, was photographed in the 1890s. The stylish drawing room represents elements of late-Victorian taste, including a variety of patterns in rugs, curtains and upholstery, many items of well-made furniture and numerous vases, framed photographs and ornaments. The emphasis on display creates a richly detailed room.

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Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury, Acland family papers
Reference: MB 44, item 237

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How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Home décor and furnishings - Higher aspirations, 1860s to 1900s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/40708/late-victorian-taste (accessed 5 June 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 Sep 2013