Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Thomas Hope: Champion of Regency; A 19th Century Drawing of a Fireplace at Thomas Hope's Country House

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Thomas Hope: Champion of Regency; A 19th Century Drawing of a Fireplace at Thomas Hope's Country House

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THE Regency period (when "mad" King George III's son waited to be GeorgeIV) goes in and out of fashion. It was fashionable in the Seventies, and isagain now. Egyptology, Neoclassicism and strong graphic lines are its features,writes Philippa Stockley.

From Friday, the V& A is putting on an exhibition of Regency hero Thomas Hope.This hugely wealthy son of Dutch merchant bankers came to London in 1794. Hebought a house by Robert Adam in Duchess Street, Mayfair, in 1799, which heenlarged to hold his immense collection of paintings and sculpturesplus his own designs.

Hope designed furniture as well as interiors.

He published a monograph on the Duchess Street house and was the first to usethe phrase "interior decoration". He also opened his house to the public.Short, unattractive and opinionated, Hope was generally disliked. But hisparties for a thousand, which the Prince of Wales attended, could not beignored; nor could his designs. Along with Sir John Soane (Lincoln's Inn Field,now Sir John Soane's Museum) and the Prince Regent (Brighton Pavilion), hecreated Regency style. …

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