December 4, 2013

Illustrations of Jazz Age Home Interiors

A lot of the historical research I do for any era inevitably leads to art, dance, fashion, politics, and so on.  But somewhere in all this I start to wonder about the truly ordinary things about daily life.  What did the stores look like?  What did a cloche hat actually feel like to wear?  What did the houses look like?  There are a lot of exterior images of the buildings that were constructed in the 1920s, but it's been a bit harder to find images of the interiors of homes.  Which is why paintings and illustrations from the era are so helpful.

A Spare Room, Château d'Auppegard by Ethel Sands, 1925.

Vintage ad for kitchen cabinets, ca. 1920s.

Watercolor - Edith Holman Hunt's Drawing Room by William Holman Hunt.  The painting was likely to have been their home at 18 Melbury Road, Kensington, London, 1925-1928.

Frigidaire ad for electric refrigerator, 1928.

Interior with a Blue Sofa by Patrick William Adam, 1929.

Ad for Williams Ice-O-Matic Refrigeration, 1929.  

Sunlit Interior by Édouard Vuillard.  The painting is of Madame Vuillard's Room at La Closerie des Genets, ca. 1920-1922.

Vintage ad for Keramic tiles, 1929.

A Blue Room in Kensington by James Durden, ca. 1928.

Sketch for master bathroom of a typical U.S. home, ca. 1927.

Madame Vuillard Lighting the Stove by Édouard Vuillard, 1924.

Other good places to find images of home interiors are Antique Home Style, Flickr, and the National Trust's page for Mr. Straw's House - a 1920s semi-detached suburban house frozen in time, with its original interior decorations.   

If you have more sources you'd like to share, feel free to leave a comment.

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