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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: An olivewood and certosina X-Frame open armchair, inlaid with stars in bone

An olivewood and certosina X-Frame open armchair, inlaid with stars in bone, pewter and coloured woods (olivewood)
1765114 An olivewood and certosina X-Frame open armchair, inlaid with stars in bone, pewter and coloured woods (olivewood, certosina, bone, pewter) by Hispano-Moresque School

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Portrait of Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord (engraving)

Portrait of Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord (engraving)
672771 Portrait of Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord (engraving); (add.info.: Tallyrand - engraving Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord)

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Drawing Room with Egyptian Decoration, Duchess Street Household Furniture Interior Decoration

Drawing Room with Egyptian Decoration, Duchess Street Household Furniture Interior Decoration, Hope, Thomas, 1807
STC255830 Drawing Room with Egyptian Decoration, Duchess Street Household Furniture Interior Decoration, Hope, Thomas, 1807, engraving; Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection.

Background imageArm Chair Collection: A. Cortot, between c1915 and c1920. Creator: Bain News Service

A. Cortot, between c1915 and c1920. Creator: Bain News Service
A. Cortot, between c1915 and c1920. Shows Swiss-French pianist Alfred Denis Cortot (1877-1962).

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Lady in Chairii

Lady in Chairii
Catherine Wang

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Thomas Haviland, c1780s. Creator: Thomas Gainsborough

Thomas Haviland, c1780s. Creator: Thomas Gainsborough
Thomas Haviland, c1780s

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Portrait of the Artist's Wife, 1877. Creator: Paul Cezanne

Portrait of the Artist's Wife, 1877. Creator: Paul Cezanne
Portrait of the Artist's Wife, 1877

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Prince Eugen, 1895. Creator: Oscar Bjorck

Prince Eugen, 1895. Creator: Oscar Bjorck
Prince Eugen, 1895

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Old French Countrywoman, 1885. Creator: Jenny Nystrom

Old French Countrywoman, 1885. Creator: Jenny Nystrom
Old French Countrywoman, 1885

Background imageArm Chair Collection: The Painter's Sister, 1900. Creator: Jeanna Maria Charlotta Bauck

The Painter's Sister, 1900. Creator: Jeanna Maria Charlotta Bauck
The Painter's Sister, 1900

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Absorbed in his Studies, 1874. Creator: Eilif Peterssen

Absorbed in his Studies, 1874. Creator: Eilif Peterssen
Absorbed in his Studies, 1874

Background imageArm Chair Collection: U.S.S. San Francisco, the cabin, between 1890 and 1901. Creator: Unknown

U.S.S. San Francisco, the cabin, between 1890 and 1901. Creator: Unknown
U.S.S. San Francisco, the cabin, between 1890 and 1901

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Residence of Thomas E. Martson, interiors, 1932. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Residence of Thomas E. Martson, interiors, 1932. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Residence of Thomas E. Martson [or Marston?], interiors, 1932

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Portrait of a Gentleman, c18th century. Creator: Elias Martin

Portrait of a Gentleman, c18th century. Creator: Elias Martin
Portrait of a Gentleman, c18th century

Background imageArm Chair Collection: The Prince and his Comrades: Camp-Fire after Dinner in the Terai, 1876. Creator: Unknown

The Prince and his Comrades: Camp-Fire after Dinner in the Terai, 1876. Creator: Unknown
The Prince [of Wales] and his Comrades: Camp-Fire after Dinner in the Terai, 1876. The future King Edward VII in India. Every night in camp a large fire of wood is lighted close to the mess-tent

Background imageArm Chair Collection: The convalescent, 1884. Creator: Jenny Nystrom

The convalescent, 1884. Creator: Jenny Nystrom
The convalescent, 1884

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Hilda Amalia Brusewitz (b. 1853), 1850s. Creator: Gustaf Henrik Brusewitz

Hilda Amalia Brusewitz (b. 1853), 1850s. Creator: Gustaf Henrik Brusewitz
Hilda Amalia Brusewitz (b. 1853), 1850s

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Karl XIV Johan, 1763-1844, King of Sweden and Norway, 19th century. Creator: Fredric Westin

Karl XIV Johan, 1763-1844, King of Sweden and Norway, 19th century. Creator: Fredric Westin
Karl XIV Johan, 1763-1844, King of Sweden and Norway, 19th century

Background imageArm Chair Collection: AI IMAGE - Portrait of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 2020s, (2023). Creator: Heritage Images

AI IMAGE - Portrait of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 2020s, (2023). Creator: Heritage Images
AI IMAGE - Portrait of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 2020s, (2023). Desmond Mpilo Tutu (1931-2021) was a South African Anglican bishop and theologian

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Aminte en son Cabinet, between circa 1678 and circa 1693

Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Aminte en son Cabinet, between circa 1678 and circa 1693

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Portrait of a Lady, c17th century. Creator: Cornelis de Vos

Portrait of a Lady, c17th century. Creator: Cornelis de Vos
Portrait of a Lady, c17th century

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Thorsten Laurin, 1875-1954, 1925. Creator: Carl Wilhelmson

Thorsten Laurin, 1875-1954, 1925. Creator: Carl Wilhelmson
Thorsten Laurin, 1875-1954, 1925

Background imageArm Chair Collection: The English Physician William Withering, 1792. Creator: Carl Fredrik von Breda

The English Physician William Withering, 1792. Creator: Carl Fredrik von Breda
The English Physician William Withering, 1792

Background imageArm Chair Collection: The Pope Clemens XIII, c18th century. Creator: Anton Raphael Mengs

The Pope Clemens XIII, c18th century. Creator: Anton Raphael Mengs
The Pope Clemens XIII, c18th century

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Portrait of a violinist , 1773. Creator: Anne Vallayer-Coster

Portrait of a violinist , 1773. Creator: Anne Vallayer-Coster
Portrait of a violinist , 1773

Background imageArm Chair Collection: The Prince of Wales in the Terai: the camp fire after dinner...1876. Creator: Unknown

The Prince of Wales in the Terai: the camp fire after dinner...1876. Creator: Unknown
The Prince of Wales in the Terai: the camp fire after dinner, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876. The future King Edward VII in India

Background imageArm Chair Collection: The Empress Eugenie in Sir Walter Scott's study at Abbotsford, 1860. Creator: Unknown

The Empress Eugenie in Sir Walter Scott's study at Abbotsford, 1860. Creator: Unknown
The Empress Eugenie in Sir Walter Scott's study at Abbotsford, 1860. Whilst the Empress was in Scotland she visited Abbotsford

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Femme de Qualité en Grisette, 1683. Creator: Jean de Dieu

Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Femme de Qualité en Grisette, 1683. Creator: Jean de Dieu
Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Femme de Qualite en Grisette, 1683

Background imageArm Chair Collection: 'Don Quixote in his Study' - from a painting by Schrödter, 1860. Creator: W Thomas

"Don Quixote in his Study" - from a painting by Schrödter, 1860. Creator: W Thomas
"Don Quixote in his Study" - from a painting by Schrodter, 1860. M. Schrodter's...influence upon the arts of his country will, doubtless, be considerable

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Musing man in an armchair, 1870-1937. Creator: Willem Wenckebach

Musing man in an armchair, 1870-1937. Creator: Willem Wenckebach
Musing man in an armchair, 1870-1937. In an interior, a man is sitting with his hands together

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Gripsholm, interior from the Dowager Queen's floor, 1879. Creator: Georg Nordensvan

Gripsholm, interior from the Dowager Queen's floor, 1879. Creator: Georg Nordensvan
Gripsholm, interior from the Dowager Queen's floor, 1879

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Dame de Qualité, Bound 1703-1704. Creator: Henri Bonnart

Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Dame de Qualité, Bound 1703-1704. Creator: Henri Bonnart
Recueil des modes de la cour de France, Dame de Qualite, Bound 1703-1704

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Eva Upmark, 1852-1944, born Kindstrand, 1896. Creator: Carl Larsson

Eva Upmark, 1852-1944, born Kindstrand, 1896. Creator: Carl Larsson
Eva Upmark, 1852-1944, born Kindstrand, 1896

Background imageArm Chair Collection: Library in clubhouse, New York City, between 1900 and 1910. Creator: William H. Jackson

Library in clubhouse, New York City, between 1900 and 1910. Creator: William H. Jackson
Library in clubhouse, New York City, between 1900 and 1910



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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.