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A Castle of one’s own – The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole. Date published: 1764

In essence: The true heir of Otranto must be found before the castle kills them all. 525 more words

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frontispiece and title page from a 1688 edition of Le Bourgeois gentilhomme



In his comédie-ballet Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (literally The Bourgeois Gentleman – 1670), the French playwright and actor Molière (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin – 1622-73) invented the word… 1,002 more words


Strawberry Hill: A Gothic, Georgian masterpiece in Twickenham

Without a doubt, Strawberry Hill is one of the most unique houses in the capital. I was first introduced to it when I saw an Instagram photo of the building’s stunning Gallery and wanted to find out more. 807 more words


Shakespeare and the first Gothic novel

I’m a big fan of Gothic novels, much to the amusement of my friend Michelle who patiently waits as I scour bookstore shelves in search of a good Gothic read. 1,393 more words


24th September 1717. 'Gothick Dilettantism'.

‘The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think’: Horace Walpole.

Today Horace Walpole contemporary of Hogarth and Gibbon, and inventor of the word ’Serendipidy’, was born in 1717.(1) 425 more words


Gay Georgian London: Horace Walpole Amongst the 'Finger-Twirlers'

On the 24th of September 1717, Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and Whig politician, was born in London. 1,087 more words


Seminar in the History of Collecting, 26 September 2016, The Wallace Collection (London)

SEMINAR: Researching the Strawberry Hill Sale of 1842: a real Baedeker’s guide of taste, Lecture by Dr. Silvia Davoli, Paul Mellon Centre Research Curator, Strawberry Hill House, The Horace Walpole Collection… 21 more words

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