Horace Walpole’s ‘enchanted little landscape’ at Strawberry Hill

Horace Walpole’s ‘enchanted little landscape’ at Strawberry Hill

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The Thames brought commerce and wealth to South West London, attracting royalty, aristocrats, artists, writers and wealthy property owners. The legacy of these luminaries is an area exceptionally rich in heritage buildings, gardens and landscapes. Pope’s Grotto Preservation Trust and English Heritage’s Marble Hill have organised a series of nine free virtual talks over three weeks beginning on Wednesday 27th January. Experts will explore, explain and offer insight about a luminary, their landscape, garden and property.

Strawberry Hill is “an open grove through which you see a field which is bounded by a serpentine wood of all kind of trees and flowering shrubs and flowers.” Although the former water meadows of Strawberry Hill that separated the gardens from the Thames have now been developed, the core of the gardens remains intact. The development of the gardens and landscaping of the grounds started at Strawberry Hill when Horace Walpole acquired the property in 1747 and continued until his death in 1797. Further additions to the gardens were made during the 19th century, most notably during the occupation by Lady Waldegrave, but it is Walpole’s intervention that provides the greatest significance and interest. Explore the 18th Century Garden through this lecture to find the ‘gaiety in nature’ that Walpole describes at Strawberry Hill and that is still present today.

This talk will be given by Dr Marion Harney, Director of Studies and Director of Teaching at the University of Bath specialising in the history and theory of historic buildings, designed and cultural landscapes and their conservation. She is Visiting Professor, University of Westminster and External Examiner for the MA in Garden and Landscape History, Institute for Historical Research.


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2021-02-05 2021-02-05 Europe/London Horace Walpole’s ‘enchanted little landscape’ at Strawberry Hill Explore the 18th Century Garden through this lecture to find the ‘gaiety in nature’ that Walpole describes at Strawberry Hill and that is still present today. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2021/02/05/horace-walpoles-enchanted-little-landscape-at-strawberry-hill-251446 ,,,

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