Photographic material relating to a garden designed by Russell Page at La Leopolda, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

Scope and Content

Black and white photographs, negatives and contact prints, and colour transparencies, showing views of garden, beds with lavender hedges, terrace, steps, planted pots, swimming pool, paths, garden ornaments, pond, mature trees and olive grove, men at work in the garden, external views of house, and views to the rocky hillside beyond garden. Contact sheets have images of unidentified people in the garden and outside a front door

Some photographs are annotated on the reverse ‘Leopolda. May 54. Russell Page’, ‘July ’54’, ‘Russell Page. Swimming pool. La Leopolda. IV.’55’, ‘La Leopolda, Villefranche-sur-Mer. A part of the main terrace. Paving in black slate and white marble. Awnings cobalt blue. Woodwork pale grey-green. Pots and wooden cases planted with orange trees, white petunias, white geraniums and white oleanders. Photo Rusell Page’, ‘Olives, La Leopolda. 5.2.55. Russell Page’, ‘Swimming pool at La Leopolda, Villefranche-sur-Mer. Oval salt water pool lined blue tiles, surround in orange rose bricks. Pool backed up against guest house on one side – other side supported by 12 foot retaining wall. All planting is of grey foliage – lavender, santolina, atriplex, cotylaedons, gazanias, Cineraria maritime etc. Photo Russell Page’

One photograph is marked up on the reverse for publication

Some photographs are duplicates

Size of photographs ranges from 14.5 x 15.6 cm to 15.3 x 16.3 cm

Some images are undated

Original storage envelopes labelled ‘La Leopolda 1954. South of France’ and ‘La Villa Leopolda’ (labels retained)


29 black and white photographs

2 black and white contact sheets (12 images on 1 sheet, 8 images on 1 sheet)

6 strips 2¼ black and white negatives (4 images on 4 strips, 3 images on 1 strip, 1 image on 1 strip)

10 strips 2¼ colour transparencies (4 images on 3 strips, 2 images on 7 strips)

3 negatives envelopes