Jessica Hemmings

Textile Writer

Liberty at Tjolöholm Slott

The reasons why one of the most sizable collections of furnishings and furniture from Liberty of London can be found in Sweden is a story of early – perhaps even compulsive – brand loyalty. Blanche Dickson was born in Sweden, but raised with her sister by relatives and educated in Scottish boarding schools after their mother’s death when Blanche was seven. In 1874 Blanche married her cousin, the Swedish lumber baron James Fredrik Dickson. When James died unexpectedly of blood poisoning in 1898 after wrapping a cut finger in the metal foil of a wine bottle top, Blanche pressed on undeterred with the building of Tjolöholm Castle, their home south of the city of Gothenburg on Sweden’s rocky west coast.

forthcoming article in Selvedge magazine