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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Kenwood: den, 1966, 1967 & 2006.






One of the most interesting and ambiguous rooms in Kenwood (in an E.L. Wisty voice). This room is, possibly, what has been variously called the small room (by the Beatles Book during their June '67 visit - details HERE), the "rumpus" room (by Ken Partridge - details HERE), the study (by Pauline Lennon in her book), the library (by Cynthia) and the sitting room (by post-Lennon owners of Kenwood). Remember - confusion is nothing new. The two pics above, I think, were almost certainly taken there, as well as the familiar pics by Ringo from January '68 showing John, Cyn, Julian and Bernard the dog on a couch. Once again - look at the curtains in all these photos. Stare at them. GO ON.
UPDATE - this room was actually what the Lennons would have referred to as the "den", thus rendering most of the above redundant.

5 comments:

  1. I believe the black and white pic spot is correct, but not the color one. The windows do not match up and it appears John and Julian are on a couch. Look at the way the windows connect behind, one seems recessed.

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  2. Nevermind, we are both correct. I was too excited and got carried away!! lol

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  3. I could be wrong - much of this is guesswork, and it's hard to judge sometimes because camera angles can fool you. But the curtains are the same in both pics, the wallpaper looks the same, and judging by the floorplan of that room I think it could be the same room. Also that couch is the sunroom couch, I think...it must have been there originally.

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  4. You have two photos on here (somewhere) that I took in 1968 - one shows a young german girl (Renate) with John Lennon - this is black and white photo - though the original photo was in colour. The other shows my wife, Maureen with John Lennon. He is handing her a small statuette (HIS IVOR NOVELLO AWARD FOR SHE'S LEAVING HOME FROM SGT PEPPER) Would you be interested in the story of that day??

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  5. Richard - certainly.
    Could you please email me - kenwoodlennon@googlemail.com
    Thanks.

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