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Emma Schenson (1827-1913) 
The Bedroom of Linnaeus 
[Memorials of Linnaeus] 
Albumen print, from glass negative 
16.3 x 13.8 cm 
Victoria and Albert Museum 
Museum number: 72:382 
Curatorial notes
[Accessed: 23 Jan 2012]
In 1864 the Swedish photographer Emma Schenson made a series of photographs in memory of the Swedish botanist Carl von Linné (1707-1778), who was known as Linnaeus. Most photographs in the series are taken in his house (now a museum) in Hammarby near Uppsala, Sweden. Linnaeus furnished his home as a kind of personal museum. Almost every detail of the arrangement has a close relationship to his work. In the bedroom the walls were papered with proof copies of drawings by Charles Plumier (French botanist, 1646-1704) and Georg Ehret (botanical artist,1707-1770). The curtain on the bed is printed with a decoration based on his favourite flower, the Linnaea borealis. 

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