Open daily 10.00 to 17.45 Admission free Menu
Museum number W.48:1-1953

Museum number W.48:1-1953

This small room was closet or 'study', designed for Thomas Barrett (1744-1803). He was a keen collector and antiquarian who remodelled his house in the Gothic style, inspired by a friend, the collector Horace Walpole (1717-1797) and his house, Strawberry Hill, at Twickenham.

The room is now furnished with ebony and lacquer furniture from Asia. In the 1870's such ebony furniture was wrongly thought to be British and to date form the 16th century.

Listen below to hear what Horace Walpole thought about Lee Priory.

Download: mp3 | ogg View transcript

Shop online

Globe by Kristjana S Williams

Globe by Kristjana S Williams

Artist Kristjana S Williams is fascinated with maps, mythical creatures and  Victorian engravings, she samples these, mixing and matching the old…

Buy now

Private Group Tours & Talks

We offer a wide range of tours to meet your group requirements. Whether a group has a special area of interest, wishes to explore a particular gallery or just get an overview of the Museum's collection the Groups Team can help.

View our Private Group Tours & Talks

Event - Julia Margaret Cameron

Sat 28 November 2015–Sun 21 February 2016

EXHIBITION: To mark the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), one of the most important and experimental photographers of the 19th-century, the V&A will present 100 of her photographs from the Museum’s collection.

Book online