Tag Archives: Twickenham

Johan Zoffany RA, David Garrick, William Shakespeare and Kitty Clive (and Bushy Park)

My daughter has been home from university over Easter; she is in the closing stages of writing her dissertation Class, Morality & Taste: theatre & society in Eighteenth Century London, and I have had the pleasure of reading through four … Continue reading

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Strawberry Hill forever

Strawberry Hill, the last time I passed it, was covered with scaffolding, and although it is now open to the public it still has many of the trappings of a building site. Horace Walpole was a little, shall we say, … Continue reading

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Horace Walpole & Strawberry Hill

Horace Walpole was the youngest son of Sir Robert Walpole, the first Prime Minister of Britain, and was educated at Eton and Cambridge; he went on the Grand Tour with Thomas Gray the poet, but had a disagreement and parted … Continue reading

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Alexander Pope’s Twickenham grotto

In 1719 Alexander Pope moved to Twickenham and leased three small cottages by the Thames. He demolished one and lived in another while he had a Palladian villa built facing on to the river. The site only having a small … Continue reading

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