Discover the world of fashion photographer and interior designer Anthony Denney, a former resident of Rainham Hall known as the ‘the Dior of interior decorating’.
In partnership with creative company The Decorators and a host of designers and local craftspeople, Rainham Hall has been transformed into a ‘living magazine’ to showcase the life and work of Antony Denney (1913-90), the interior designer and fashion photographer.
Denney lived at the Hall between 1964 and 1969 and is one of the building's most intriguing former residents. He studied painting at the Royal College of Art, but later turned to photography. Denney was one of Condé Nast’s chief photographers from 1947 and his work featured in British Vogue magazine (where he acted as Decorations Editor) for nearly twenty years and House and Garden magazine.
In 1964 Denney responded to a National Trust advertisement seeking a new tenant for Rainham Hall. He set about a programme of interior repairs and appointed a team of decorators. Some of Denney's paint schemes remain today.
Exhibits will include objects and photographs from Denney’s personal life, with the Hall presented as if it were a magazine with spaces including the gardens representing themes of fashion, jewellery, arts, interiors, food, gardening, and travel.It reveals the different sides of Denney’s character, as an influential tastemaker, master of still life, art collector and patron, photographer and ‘the Dior of interior decorating’.