The interior décor of the Victorian era reflected the consumer society that America had become by the late 19th century. Filled with elaborately designed "things" - objects of art as well as of use that filled every available space - the Victorian parlor exemplified the tastes and style of an age that liked decoration inside as well as out. (For examples of external decoration of the period, see Pebble Lodge In Aiken, and Queen Anne Style House) The artist Blondell Malone, never-married daughter of a wealthy family, here entertains a European pianist, the Baron Delauney, in the music room of her Gervais Street house around 1909. She labeled another photograph of this young man "just another hopeful from abroad."
Courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library.