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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.

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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…

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Bejewelled: Treasures of the Al-Thani Collection

This sumptuous book invites the reader to examine in exquisite detail, spectacular jewelled and enamel objects, drawn from a single private collection, and to explore the broader themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery.

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Event - Women Pioneers in Photography 1850-1950

Sat 20 February 2016 11:00–16:00

STUDY DAY: This study day will explore a century of outstanding contributions to photography by women. Inspired by the current Julia Margaret Cameron Display, academics, curators and writers will explore Women’s contribution to a genres including, fine art, fashion, war and political photographs.

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