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Side view of recently renovated Strawberry Hill, the Gothic Revival villa which Horace Walpole built, starting in 1749, in Twickenham, London. He rebuilt the existing house in stages starting in 1749, 1760, 1772, and 1776. These added gothic features such as towers and battlements outside and elaborate decoration inside to create "gloomth" to suit Walpole's collection of antiquarian objects. Walpole's 18th century house prefigured the 19th century gothic revival.
During Walpole’s lifetime, Strawberry Hill was shown on request. Walpole conducted tours for important visitors; others were done by his housekeeper. Walpole issued printed tickets in 1774 only; he wrote notes of admission to his housekeeper, after 1784 often on the printed rules for admission. The inscription here reads: “June 24 1784 To Mr. Walpole’s Housekeeper; You may show my House on Friday morning next to Mr. Panton and Three more, on their delivering this to you, Hor. Walpole.”
Strawberry Hill: Horace Walpole's Gothic Castle by Anna Chalcraft and Judith Viscardi. Written to mark the long awaited conservation and restoration of Horace Walpole's little Gothic castle, this books takes the reader on a tour through the interiors of the house with contemperary evidence from the letters and diaries of those who visited it in its heyday. Gorgeous photographs of the house and wonderful research and descriptions by two ladies who know it best.
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This week in WORD history - January 28, 1754: the 1st noted use of “serendipity”, by Horace Walpole (1717–1797) in a letter to Horace Mann. He said he formed it from the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip, whose heroes "were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of". Users of The Mid-Manhattan Library Picture Collection experience serendipity on a daily basis while browsing our materials!
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Strawberry Hill. The Library. This is the first and most famous gothic Library in England, its arched bookcases taken from an illustration of a doorway in Hollar’s Old St Paul’s. The main work in this room has been the repairs to the pierced gothic arches of the book cases. This has been carried out by specialist carvers from E Bowman and Sons joiners.
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Plate, Venice, Italy 1741 (made). Miotti glasshouse, enamelled opaque white glass. The plate is from a set of 24 that were specially commissioned by Horace Walpole from a Venice glasshouse as a souvenir of his visit in 1741. The plates, each of which was painted with a different view of Venice, were almost certainly never used, but were intended for display. By 1774 they displayed in Walpole's China Room at his villa at Strawberry Hill (near Twickenham west of London).
Front view of the newly restored Strawberry Hill, home of Horace Walpole, by Roger Williams. Walpole's 'little Gothic castle' has significance as one of the most influential individual buildings of such Rococo "Gothick" architecture which prefigured the later developments of the 19th century Gothic revival, and for increasing the use of Gothic designs for houses. This style has variously been described as Georgian Gothic, Strawberry Hill Gothic, or Georgian Rococo.