Stacey has selected objects from the historic Vaucluse House and Elizabeth Bay House, arranged them superbly, lit them artfully, and produced images to rival the great classical still life painters.
Her expertise is intimidating, but it wasn’t enough to deter me from setting up my own home studio and having a crack at it with the bedside reading lamp.
Stacey’s House gives a romanticised snapshot of what life would have been like in those grand establishments in the nineteenth century.
I decided to be more honest than that, giving a fearless, warts-and-all portrait of life in Casa Tulloch, 2011.
Here’s the link again to Robyn Stacey’s work. It’s well worth a look.
Entry to the Museum of Sydney costs $10. It’s free for members of the Historic Houses Trust, which incidentally has reciprocal arrangements with the National Trust in Britain.