The John Evan Bedford Library of Furniture History

‘Pattern books, early trade catalogues and many other rarities’: the John Evan Bedford Library of Furniture History. Wednesday 24 March 2021, 18:00-19.30 (GMT)

At this FHS event members of the Bedford project team from Special Collections at the University of Leeds will highlight some of the rare books and ephemera in the John Evan Bedford Library of Furniture History and explain more about the ambitions of the cataloguing project. Chaired by Mark Westgarth, the presentations will be followed by a discussion with the Bedford team and an opportunity to ask questions about the project.

When the art and antique dealer John Bedford died in February 2019 he gifted a remarkable collection of rare books, manuscripts, artworks and objects to the University of Leeds. Assembled over almost half a century, the John Evan Bedford Library of Furniture History is an exceptional resource covering all aspects of the English home, from interiors and furnishings to lighting and metalwork, drapery and upholstery to architectural and garden design. Comprising over 3,000 printed items, many of them extremely rare, and in some cases unique, the collection includes furniture pattern books, designs for ornament and inventories of country houses. The archive is also rich in rare ephemera including trade cards, labels and pamphlets, many of which are unknown outside this collection. The John Victor Bedford Will Trust, with great generosity and vision, is funding a cataloguing project based in Special Collections at the University of Leeds to make the collection fully searchable and accessible.

This event is free for FHS members, £5 for non-members.

If you are a non-member and would like to attend, please click Link to Payment Page:
https://www.furniturehistorysociety.org/events/fhs-online-seminar-the-john-evan-bedford-library/payment/

The payment code is ERAPYN.

Contact events@furniturehistorysociety.org to register interest.