'London: The House Of Lords Showing The Woolsack', c 1914.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A reproduction of a colour photograph of the interior of the House of Lords in the Houses of Parliament, London, taken by an unknown photographer and published in a book entitled 'London In Colour Photography', produced by The Photochrom Company, Limited, London in about 1914. The Woolsack is the seat on which the Lord Chancellor sits. It was introduced by King Edward III (1327-77) and originally stuffed with English wool to remind the House that England's traditional source of wealth was the wool trade. It is now stuffed with wool from each of the countries of the Commonwealth as a symbol of their unity. The Photochrom process was a form of photolithographic colour printing developed around 1900. The process was used widely to produce scenic and tourist views and for reproductions in art books.