£15 members/£18 non-members Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill in Twickenham is a jewel of the Georgian Gothic Revival. It was not the first Gothic Revival house to be conceived of or constructed
£15 members/£18 non-members
Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill in Twickenham is a jewel of the Georgian Gothic Revival. It was not the first Gothic Revival house to be conceived of or constructed in the eighteenth century, but it was the most famous and influential; it even ‘spawned’ other Gothic houses, one of which Walpole referred to as a ‘child of Strawberry prettier than its parent’. Walpole fabricated Strawberry Hill over the course decades to be his new-old ancestral pile, and it was designed with the assistance of amateur, and, occasionally, professional ‘architects’. Creating this faked ancestral seat was not straightforward, and numerous designs for the house were rejected outright for specific reasons, or they were modified or inexplicably sidelined.
Emerging from Dr Peter Lindfield’s latest book, Unbuilt Strawberry Hill (2022) available to purchase on the evening, this lecture explores some of the more surprising revelations to emerge from Strawberry Hill’s history when rejected designs for its decoration and interiors are examined.
The talks starts at 6.30pm, doors open from 6.15pm.
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