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Strawberry Hill

Strawberry Hill

Exhibition, Sat 20 Oct 2018 - Sun 24 Feb 2019


We are excited to share with you details of our major forthcoming exhibition. This exhibition brings back to Strawberry Hill some of the most important masterpieces in Horace Walpole’s famous and unique collection - one of the greatest in the 18th century. Dispersed in 1842 and scattered to the winds, over the past 3 years Strawberry Hill's Curators have been hunting down works using Walpole's detailed descriptions and the sales catalogue of 1842. For the first time in over 170 years, Strawberry Hill can be seen as Walpole conceived it, with the original collection in the interiors he designed for it. A staggering 50 lenders will loan works to the show, including 15 country houses, with many of these objects being shown for the first time to the public.

The collection included paintings, fine furniture, sculpture and curiosities: great portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Peter Lely, Van Dyck, and Clouet; miniature portraits by Isaac and Peter Oliver, Hilliard and Zincke, a monumental ancient Roman Eagle, fabulous Sèvres pieces as well as some oddities such as a limewood cravat, carved by Grinling Gibbons, and the ‘magic mirror’ which Dr Dee, Queen Elizabeth I’s necromancer, had used for conjuring up spirits. Most of the works will be lent from both public and private collections. Walpole left detailed descriptions of his displays, which enables us to show the collection as it was seen in the 18th century in its original atmospheric setting at Strawberry Hill.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the enchanting Strawberry Hill as it was during the time of Horace Walpole.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sat 20 Oct 2018 - Sun 24 Feb 2019
Open 7 days a week
Monday – Friday: 12-6pm (Late opening until 10pm on Fridays)
Saturday and Sunday: 11am -6pm
Final entry one hour before closing


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Map reference: TQ 158722  Lat: 51.43696 Long: -0.33539

By Road: At the London Road roundabout on the A316 take the exit signposted Twickenham A310.
At the mini roundabout turn left, you are still on London Road. Pass Twickenham Station on your left. At traffic lights you will have to bear right into King Street. Get over into left lane and turn left at the traffic lights into Cross Deep. You will pass Radnor Gardens leading down to the Thames on your left.
At mini roundabout turn right into Waldegrave Road. You will see Strawberry Hill House on your left. Just past the house is the turning into St. Mary's College where you can park
Bus: 33 travels from Hammersmith and through Richmond and the R68 travels from Kew Gardens Station, through Richmond Train and Bus Stations.
Train: Richmond Station
Tube: Richmond District Line
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