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The Lost Dagger of Henry VIII

In this second instalment of our special blog series, we continue to follow art historian and provenance researcher, Silvia Davoli’s quest to find the lost treasures of Strawberry Hill House. 1,542 more words

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The Search Begins...

Ever wondered what it takes to unearth long lost artworks? What kind of detective work is required to retrace treasured antiques and objets d’art scattered two hundred years ago? 1,014 more words

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In the year 1754, on this day, Horace Walpole invented the word Serendipity.  He was an art historian who discovered a lost painting.  In a letter to his friend Horace Mann he explained the fortunate discovery by reference to the fable of the 3 princes of Serendip. 223 more words


The astonishment of light: amazing stained glass

I suppose we normally think of Stained Glass as being something merely decorative. It’s amazing when you see it in churches, in those huge elaborate geometrical windows. 288 more words


‘Collecting or Competition?’, Strawberry Hill, Wednesday 24 January 2018

Tickets are now open to volunteers for the talk ‘Collecting or Competition?’, which has been organised by the Friends of Strawberry Hill. This talk, given by Martin Stiles will look at the similarities between the collections of Sir Robert Walpole in the 18th Century and Horatio, 3rd Earl of Orford (2nd Creation) in the 19th Century and the response to these ambitious projects by their respective children – Horace Walpole and Lady Dorothy Nevill. 110 more words

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Goodreads review: The Castle of Otranto

The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So it’s coming up to the holidays so I thought to myself what better time to check out the first English supernatural novel, progenitor of the Gothic genre and on-point guide to decorating your home with revenge-themed supernatural armour? 500 more words