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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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Hibiscus Hair Barrette by Colette Malouf

Hibiscus Hair Barrette by Colette Malouf

Hand-crafted mesh Dogwood flowers with Swarovski crystals sit elegantly atop this barrette. New York based designer Colette Malouf's work combines a …

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Event - Tracy Borman: Reassessing Thomas Cromwell

Tue 21 July 2015 18:30–19:30

EVENING EVENT: Tracy Borman, Joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, is the author of a new book on the life, loves and legacy of Thomas Cromwell, one of the most powerful figures in Tudor history.

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