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Arm Chair Collection

Relaxation at its finest: the arm chair, a timeless symbol of comfort and style

Background imageArm Chair Collection: A House Full by Cecil Aldin

A House Full by Cecil Aldin
Illustration by Cecil Aldin showing six dogs jostling for space on a cosy armchair. Date: 20th December 1933

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Jeeves and Wooster

Jeeves and Wooster
In Thank You Jeeves!, Jeeves gives notice when Bertie Wooster, his employer, insists on playing the banjolele

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Living Room, Sherlock Holmes Exhibition, London

Living Room, Sherlock Holmes Exhibition, London
Living Room of 221B Baker Street, part of a Sherlock Holmes Exhibition, London, reconstructed by Michael Weight. Details included are Holmess pipe and his violin. Date: 1951

Background imageArm Chair Collection: French maid taking a break

French maid taking a break and enjoying a cigarette before her next duty calls.... Date: 1910s

Background imageArm Chair Collection: A 1950s Family Living Room

A 1950s Family Living Room
A classic nuclear family in their living room, the children playing with a train set, the Father reading his book or magazine in a comfy chair

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Knitting Expert

Knitting Expert
A young man in an armchair gets himself in rather a tangle with his knitting!

Background imageArm Chair Collection: G K Chesterton, writer

G K Chesterton, writer
Gilbert Keith Chesterton writer

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Window Gardening

Window Gardening
A Victorian woman sits in a comfortable armchair reading a book, proud of her verdant display of plants decorating a large window

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Early TV Remote Control

Early TV Remote Control
An early remote control, or an Armchair Programme Control. Manufactured by Ferranti, this device came with 15 feet of cord which enabled the TV to be operated from a distance

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Home Upholstery

Home Upholstery
Photograph of a woman planning to reupholster an armchair by first using paper to take an accurate model of the chairs dimensions

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Mansell Crackers box label design

Mansell Crackers box label design
Label design for a box of Mansell Christmas crackers featuring a cosy festive indoor scene with twinkling Christmas tree and a cosy armchair by a roaring fire

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Cop Comfort / W Heath Robinson

Cop Comfort / W Heath Robinson
A policeman directs the traffic from the comfort of an armchair. Please note: Credit must appear as (c) Courtesy of the estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger Ltd/Mary Evans Picture Library

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Treating the Spine (1)

Treating the Spine (1)
Armchair designed to correct deformities of the spine : the patient can get on with her reading while treatment is in progress

Background imageArm Chair Collection: British Lion Seated

British Lion Seated
The British Lion sitting in an armchair with a copy of The Times newspaper in his jacket pocket and a flag flying behind him

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Wiadomości z polany

Wiadomości z polany
Ewa Całkosińska-Kajzer

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Wiadomości z polany

Wiadomości z polany
Ewa Całkosińska-Kajzer

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Wiadomości z polany

Wiadomości z polany
Ewa Całkosińska-Kajzer

Background imageArm Chair Collection: The Log Cabin Club, between c1900 and 1923. Creator: Unknown

The Log Cabin Club, between c1900 and 1923. Creator: Unknown
The Log Cabin Club, between c1900 and 1923

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Wiadomości z polany

Wiadomości z polany
Ewa Całkosińska-Kajzer

Background imageArm Chair Collection: George Harrison, once a member of The Beatles, pictured having a cup of tea in Warrington

George Harrison, once a member of The Beatles, pictured having a cup of tea in Warrington, near his home town of Liverpool in 1976

Background imageArm Chair Collection: John Thaw, actor, pictured at home in December 1986

John Thaw, actor, pictured at home in December 1986

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Actress Wendy Padbury 1968 played Doctor Who companion Zoe Herriot

Actress Wendy Padbury 1968 played Doctor Who companion Zoe Herriot

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Marion

Marion
Dmitrii Rabeev

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Alexander Graham Bell, United States, c. 1918 (b/w photo)

Alexander Graham Bell, United States, c. 1918 (b/w photo)
1581913 Alexander Graham Bell, United States, c.1918 (b/w photo) by Harris & Ewing (1905-45); (add.info.: United States: c)

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Portrait of Helen Fleck Seyffert, c. 1921 (oil on canvas)

Portrait of Helen Fleck Seyffert, c. 1921 (oil on canvas)
1767543 Portrait of Helen Fleck Seyffert, c.1921 (oil on canvas) by Carles, Arthur Beecher (1882-1952); 76.2x63.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Portrait of Helen Fleck Seyffert)

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Mme Valtat and her son with a Banjo; Mme Valtat et Son Fils au Banjo, 1925 (oil on canvas)

Mme Valtat and her son with a Banjo; Mme Valtat et Son Fils au Banjo, 1925 (oil on canvas)
652538 Mme Valtat and her son with a Banjo; Mme Valtat et Son Fils au Banjo, 1925 (oil on canvas) by Valtat, Louis (1869-1952); 111x89 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Woman in Yellow sewing; Femme en Jaune Cousant, 1931 (oil on canvas)

Woman in Yellow sewing; Femme en Jaune Cousant, 1931 (oil on canvas)
652288 Woman in Yellow sewing; Femme en Jaune Cousant, 1931 (oil on canvas) by Valtat, Louis (1869-1952); 25.5x20.3 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Woman in Yellow sewing; Femme en Jaune Cousant)

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Armchair, 1940. Creator: Harry Mann Waddell

Armchair, 1940. Creator: Harry Mann Waddell
Armchair, 1940

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Rocking Armchair, c. 1940. Creator: Georgine E. Mason

Rocking Armchair, c. 1940. Creator: Georgine E. Mason
Rocking Armchair, c. 1940

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Armchair, 1939. Creator: Virginia Kennady

Armchair, 1939. Creator: Virginia Kennady
Armchair, 1939

Background imageArm Chair Collection: High-bottom High-back Armchair, c. 1939. Creator: Dorothy Johnson

High-bottom High-back Armchair, c. 1939. Creator: Dorothy Johnson
High-bottom High-back Armchair, c. 1939

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Armchair, c. 1936. Creator: Agnes Karlin

Armchair, c. 1936. Creator: Agnes Karlin
Armchair, c. 1936

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Lady in Chairii

Lady in Chairii
Catherine W

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Windsor Armchair, c. 1940. Creator: Donald Harding

Windsor Armchair, c. 1940. Creator: Donald Harding
Windsor Armchair, c. 1940

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Wainscot Armchair, c. 1939. Creator: Leo Drozdoff

Wainscot Armchair, c. 1939. Creator: Leo Drozdoff
Wainscot Armchair, c. 1939

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Hepplewhite Arm Chair, 1936. Creator: Elizabeth Curtis

Hepplewhite Arm Chair, 1936. Creator: Elizabeth Curtis
Hepplewhite Arm Chair, 1936

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Armchair, 1936. Creator: Elizabeth Curtis

Armchair, 1936. Creator: Elizabeth Curtis
Armchair, 1936

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Windsor Desk Armchair, c. 1937. Creator: Eugene Croe

Windsor Desk Armchair, c. 1937. Creator: Eugene Croe
Windsor Desk Armchair, c. 1937

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Portrait of Emma Dauvilliers, about 1889. Creator: Marcellin-Gilbert Desboutin

Portrait of Emma Dauvilliers, about 1889. Creator: Marcellin-Gilbert Desboutin
Portrait of Emma Dauvilliers, about 1889

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Le fils de Ludovic Halevy, 1879. Creator: Marcellin-Gilbert Desboutin

Le fils de Ludovic Halevy, 1879. Creator: Marcellin-Gilbert Desboutin
Le fils de Ludovic Halevy, 1879

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Interior of Evenson new one-room cabin, Priest River Valley, Bonner County, Idaho, 1939

Interior of Evenson new one-room cabin, Priest River Valley, Bonner County, Idaho, 1939. Creator: Dorothea Lange
Interior of Evenson new one-room cabin. Mrs. Evenson brought the plants with her from Montana. Priest River Valley, Bonner County, Idaho

Background imageArm Chair Collection: The Page, (watercolour)

The Page, (watercolour)
826683 The Page, (watercolour) by Maclise, Daniel (Croquis, Alfred) (1806-70); 30.3x14 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Page. Daniel Maclise (1806-70). Watercolour

Background imageArm Chair Collection: An Interior of a Drawing Room (pastel)

An Interior of a Drawing Room (pastel)
824055 An Interior of a Drawing Room (pastel) by Hugues, Paul Jean (1891-c.1950); 44.8x53.3 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: An Interior of a Drawing Room. Paul Jean Hugues (1891-c.1950). Pastel

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Three Girls Seated on an Armchair, 1920 (pencil and coloured chalk)

Three Girls Seated on an Armchair, 1920 (pencil and coloured chalk)
991054 Three Girls Seated on an Armchair, 1920 (pencil and coloured chalk) by Icart, Louis (1888-1950); 54.5x46.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Three Girls Seated on an Armchair)

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Portrait of Ernest Lawson (oil on canvas)

Portrait of Ernest Lawson (oil on canvas)
822774 Portrait of Ernest Lawson (oil on canvas) by Preston, May Wilson (1873-1949); 35.7x28 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Portrait of Ernest Lawson. May Wilson Preston (1873-1949)

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Armchair, 1941. Creator: Robert W. R. Taylor

Armchair, 1941. Creator: Robert W. R. Taylor
Armchair, 1941

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Hand-carved Armchair, c. 1937. Creator: Gerald Transpota

Hand-carved Armchair, c. 1937. Creator: Gerald Transpota
Hand-carved Armchair, c. 1937



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Relaxation at its finest: the arm chair, a timeless symbol of comfort and style. From the pages of 'A House Full' by Cecil Aldin to the witty banter between Jeeves and Wooster, this classic piece has graced many living rooms with its presence. Imagine sinking into its plush cushions while immersing yourself in the Sherlock Holmes Exhibition in London or catching a glimpse of a French maid taking a well-deserved break. Step back in time to a 1950s family living room, where knitting experts would sit comfortably for hours on end, inspired by G. K. Chesterton's captivating words. And let's not forget about window gardening enthusiasts who would bask in their green oasis from the cozy embrace of an arm chair. Innovations have come along too; remember when early TV remote controls were introduced? No more getting up to change channels. And speaking of innovation, home upholstery has transformed these chairs into works of art that perfectly complement any decor. Even Mansell Crackers recognized their charm, featuring them on their box label design. But it doesn't stop there - even cops seek comfort in these chairs as depicted by W Heath Robinson's whimsical illustrations. So whether you're yearning for relaxation after a long day or seeking inspiration from literary greats and historical exhibitions, let an arm chair be your sanctuary, and is more than just furniture; it is an invitation to unwind and indulge in life's simple pleasures.