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Designed in 1913 by Victorian/Edwardian/other architect Theophilus A Allen; John Lennon's house between 1964 and 1968; sunroom, attic and prisco stripe hibernice; Mellotron and caravan; Babidji and Mimi; mortar and pestle; Wubbleyoo Dubbleyoo; curios and curiosity; remnants and residue; testimonials and traces; (Cavendish Avenue, Sunny Heights and Kinfauns); Montagu Square; mock Tudor: Brown House: *KENWOOD*.

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Friday, 25 September 2009

Kenwood: master bedroom.

The master bedroom during John's time at Kenwood was really a suite of three - the bedroom itself, a dressing room and a bathroom. Interesting as it is to see the layout, the thing I noticed immediately was the words "sliding doors". This could well (with the usual caveats re. conjecture) finally allow us to nail the position of the famous shot of John plus panda.
I've mentioned in the past that I felt the distinctive panelled "wall" behind John was probably a set of sliding doors - you can see handles, and in other photos taken in the same location, the doors appear to be open, revealing another room behind.

The panda photo must have been taken beside a corner, near a large window - due to the reflection of wall, curtain and window in the panels. (In fact, you can see a reflection from a second window beyond the larger first one too.)
This all fits...

I'd say, therefore, that's it's very likely that this photo was actually taken in the master bedroom, with John's back against the sliding doors detailed on the Partridge plan.


  1. Time to say Bravo + Thanks again for this excellent detective work! You DO know that by now you are probably the leading expert in the field of Kenwood research? Ok, maybe even the only expert, but that makes your position in the world of science even more outstanding! And science it truly is - there should be Doctor titles handed out for your tpye of maniacs!

  2. Ahh, if only one could make a living out of this nonsense!

  3. Why not write a book? I'd honestly buy it.

  4. Well...there is certainly enough material for a book. For example, I know of quite a few photos of John at Kenwood that aren't in circulation - but might be useable were they to be properly licensed. I'm not sure how much of a market there would be, but if any publishers (or would be publishers) ever read this, and feel like taking a punt, then get in touch!