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Joseph Henry's Bedroom in the Henry apartments
photographed by Thomas W. Smillie, ca. 1878.

Smithsonian Institution, neg. 1240.


The furniture of Henry's bedroom, like that of the parlor, dining room and music room, represented a mix of periods and styles. The Renaissance Revival bureau and sofa, the Rococo Revival arm chair, the Empire Style side chairs, the so-called French bedstead, and two plain rocking chairs of no particular style were all grouped together on a floral medallion rug. Light in the room was supplied by two gas fixtures: a rod-type suspension chandelier with three arms and a center light, and a hinged wall bracket over the bed. The marble-topped radiator in the corner was one of several in the apartments.