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Feb 5, 2013

inspirational castle

on Strawberry Hill & the birth of the first gothic novel..
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, 1764

 An 18th-century engraving of Horace Walpole's gothic mansion at Strawberry Hill

title page from the 3rd edition, 1764

The Ghost Scene from The Castle of Otranto 
illustration by Susanna Duncombe

Strawberry Hill from the Southeast by Paul Sandby

Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, London - interior decoration
Gothic revival
Horace Walpole remodeled Strawberry Hill (1749-1777) to resemble a Gothic castle

Strawberry Hill by P. H. Delamotte, 1863
"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn't. 
A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is."

Portrait of Horace Walpole by John Giles Eccardt, 1754
"This world is a comedy to those that think, 
a tragedy to those that feel."

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