Interior Settings


Photo album. Album has a heavy textured dark brown covering and is held together with two metal brads. Front cover is loose. Album has 74 olive green pages; 28 of the pages are blank. Album contains 126 mounted black-and-white photographs.

Album is first of three that contain photographs of furniture owned by three prominent collectors of American and European decorative arts -- Richard A. Canfield (1855-1914), Charles Leonard Pendleton (1846-1904), and Marsden Jasiel Perry (1850-1935). A numerical code indicating ownership is handwritten next to some photographs while other photographs have no identifiying information. Codes used are: C = Canfield, P' = Pendleton, and P = Perry. Some photographs show the furniture in situ at the homes of the collectors including the John Brown House (Providence, RI) which was owned by M. J. Perry from 1901 until his death in 1935 and the Edward Dexter House (Providence, RI) owned by C. L. Pendleton as well as Pendleton's New York City apartment. Other photos provide large details of the pieces depicted such as carved knees and finials. It is not known when or who took the photographs or for what reason. Some of the photographs of room interiors were reproduced in "American Furniture in Pendleton House" (Michie and Monkhouse 1986, 14-23). A large portion of Pendleton's collection was bequeathed to the Rhode Island School of Design which erected "Pendleton House" for its display.


Descriptive Terms

private collections
photograph albums
black-and-white photographs

Additional Identification Number

Strong Museum number 288.1

Physical Description

1 photo album containing 74 pages and 126 photographs (14 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches)

Collection Code


Collection Name

Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport -- Collection I

Date of Acquisition


Reference Code


Acquisition Type

Museum Purchase


14 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/4 (HxWxD)(inches)


Providence (Providence county, Rhode Island)

Record Details


Irving & Casson - A. H. Davenport Co. (Compiler)
A. H. Davenport Co. (American furniture manufactory, active late 19th-early 20th centuries) (Compiler)
Irving & Casson (Compiler)

Material Type

photograph albums
black-and-white photographs

Other People

Goddard, John

Other Organizations

Rhode Island School of Design

Publications Referencing This Collection

(1986.). American furniture in Pendleton House / Christopher P. Monkhouse, Thomas S. Michie, with the assistance of John M. Carpenter.. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design,. // Two photographs reproduced in the introductory essay are from this set of three albums. Others are credited as being from the Rhode Island School of Design Archives; however, they are also found in these albums..
(1980.). The antiquers : the lives and careers, the deals, the finds, the collections of the men and women who were responsible for the changing taste in American antiques, 1850-1930 / Elizabeth Stillinger.. Knopf : distributed by Random House,. // Chapter 12 provides a discussion of the collections of Canfield, Pendleton and Perry which gives context to the photographs in this set of three albums..

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