17 b/w prints of Simpson (Piccadilly) Ltd, one b/w print of the stairwell at HMV, Oxford Street, and one colour print of a painted portrait of Joseph Emberton by Leon Underwood

Scope and Content

The Simpsons photographs show interiors and exteriors of the new building, designed by Joseph Emberton. The portrait of Emberton was painted in 1912 though the photograph is clearly much later.


/1 'Simpson Piccadilly photograph showing the wonderful floodlighting effects'

/2 Rear elevation

/3 'Canopy Piccadilly Front'

/4 'Main Staircase' (2 copies)

/5 Main Staircase

/6 'Detail of Balustrade Main Staircase'

/7 Main staircase

/8 Main staircase (2 copies)

/9 Main staircase, view down stairwell

/10 'Main staircase detail' (light fitting)

/11 'Outfitting department on the ground floor'

/12 'Clubroom, 5th floor' (3 copies)

/13 Bureau de Change

/14 'Looking doen the spiral staircase in the new HIS MASTER'S VOICE building where HMV Household Appliances have their London headquarters'

/15 Portrait of Joseph Emberton by Leon Underwood

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Photographic prints

Archivist's Note

Record amended and catalogue number changed by Sue Breakell, 5 October 2010.

Related Material

All the photographs were found inside the Soleil Pavilion album, EMB/2/6 (previously Emb2).


With the exception of the Underwood portrait, these photographs have been scanned for inclusion in the JISC Images for Education project, to be launched in 2010.