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Filename: AA071907.jpg

Size: 4342 x 4350 (6.4MB)

Date: 2nd May 2008

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Woman playing harpsichord a071907

FENTON HOUSE, Hampstead, London. Interior view showing a woman in evening dress playing the harpsichord. Photographed by John Gay. Date range: 1960-1965

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Media ID 1016062

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> Architecture > Interiors

> Historic Images > 1960 to the present day

> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > John Gay Collection (1945-1990)

> The way we were > House and home

> The way we were > Women's History


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print transports us back to the elegant interiors of Fenton House in Hampstead, London. The image showcases a woman gracefully seated at a harpsichord, her fingers delicately gliding over the keys. Dressed in an exquisite evening gown, she exudes poise and sophistication. The scene is bathed in soft light emanating from a magnificent chandelier hanging above. Its sparkling crystals cast enchanting reflections on the ornate furniture that surrounds her. A grand table adorned with intricate details stands nearby, holding sheet music and perhaps a vase of freshly cut flowers. Photographed by John Gay during the years 1960-1965, this snapshot captures not only the beauty of fashion but also celebrates the timeless allure of musical instruments. It reminds us of an era when live performances filled homes with melodies that resonated through every corner. Through this photograph, we catch a glimpse into an intimate moment where artistry meets elegance. The woman's concentration is palpable as she immerses herself in creating harmonious sounds on the harpsichord. Her passion for music is evident as she effortlessly brings life to each note played. John Gay's lens masterfully freezes this fleeting moment forever, allowing us to appreciate both the skillful musician and the refined surroundings they inhabit. This remarkable image serves as a testament to our enduring fascination with beauty, culture, and artistic expression throughout history.

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