The Carroll Perkins photographic collection

The Carroll Perkins photographic collection comprises 292 hand-coloured glass lantern slides of English gardens, dated from the 1920s to 1943. The photographs were commissioned by the American Mrs Edith Carroll Perkins (1869-1958) from Reginald Malby & Co., who specialised in garden photography. The photographs in the collection were taken by Reginald Malby's wife Eleanor Malby (1886-1956), who took over the running of the business when Reginald died in 1924.

The houses and gardens represented in this collection are diverse. Well-known gardens such as those at Hidcote in the Cotswolds, and Cliveden in Buckinghamshire, sit alongside grand, privately-owned houses and gardens such as Sedgwick Park, as well as much smaller cottage gardens. Some of the slides are a record of houses and gardens that no longer survive, such as the house and rock garden at Kings Walden, Bury, and Seagrey House in Wiltshire, which burnt down in 1949.