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One Man’s Gothic Fantasy

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In 1747, the connoisseur and art historian Horace Walpole (1717-1797), seeking a summer villa in the country beyond southwest London, bought a lodging house in the village of Twickenham called Chopp’d Straw Hall. Rebuilt between 1750 and 1773 as a “little Gothic castle” he named Strawberry Hill House, and packed with books, prints, coins,...

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