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The House

Benn, John, editor,
Horrance Cox, 1897-1902

The House was Britain’s first magazine dedicated to the subject of home decoration and ran from 1897 to 1903. It was founded by John Benn, who already had a number of successful titles to his name including the Cabinet Maker, and The Furnisher and Decorator. Contemporary researchers may find this publication a good reference for information on household management and home decoration. Each volume contains an abundance of articles about good housekeeping, from cooking, hygiene and needlework to the more ambitious wood staining and scene painting. The House also contains more informative articles on the topics of art, furniture and fine art history and was published monthly as a sourcebook for the ‘artistic home’. MoDA holds bound volumes from 1897 to 1902 (Volumes 2-7, 9 and 11).

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height: 255mm (Volume 11)

width: 205mm (Volume 11)

height: 320mm (Volume 2-7)

Further Reading

Lawrence, Dianne. Genteel women. Empire and domestic material culture, 1840-1910, Manchester: University of Manchester Press, 2012


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