This visit has been organised by George Freeman
When Horace Walpole inherited his fortune in about 1750, he rebuilt Strawberry Hill House in the new Gothic Revival style, (We recently visited it). He also amassed many artefacts which are now known as his treasures. Regrettably most of them were sold in an enormous sale in 1845 and widely scattered. For this exhibition many have been borrowed back and and are now on view. The house was well documented by Walpole so the curators of the current exhibition knew what items went where. We have been offered a guided tour of the house and the contents in the morning while the house is closed to the public.
Some of the highlights of the exhibition include portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Peter Lely, Allan Ramsay and Van Dyck and miniature portraits by Oliver, Hilliard and Holbein. Also on view are Grinling Gibbons carvings, a lock of Mary Tudor’s hair, a marvellous hunting horn and a Roman Eagle on an altar base. You may recall that Horace Walpole was son of the Prime Minister Robert Walpole and author of the Gothic novel The Castle of Otranto.
www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk The exhibition closes on 24 February
Where and when to meet: The house is at 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4ST, adjacent to Queen Mary’s University at the river end of the road. We will meet there in the café from 10.00am for tea and coffee for a start at 10:30.
Getting there: Cars there is very limited parking at the house so you are recommended to use public transport.
Trains There are two trains an hour from Waterloo to Strawberry Hill station via Richmond and two trains via Kingston. From Strawberry Hill Station, turn left, take the second road on the right, which is signposted, and at its end turn left, and you will come to the main entrance leading to Strawberry Hill House.
Bus The 33 bus (every 10 minutes; Hammersmith to Fulwell) stops outside the house. Alight at “Strawberry Vale”. The R68 (every 15 minutes; Hampton Court to Kew) stops nearby. Alight at “Michelham Gardens”, walk back a few yards to Waldegrave Road and the house is the first on the left. Both buses call at Richmond station.
Lunch: We can lunch in the café at 12.30 or at a local pub.
Size of party: 50 max
Cost: £25.00 to include refreshments on arrival, tour and guide.
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