The Castle of Otranto

Strawberry Hill STARK

Horace Walpole @ Strawberry Hill – Fuelling a Gothic Revival


At the time of Jane Austen’s birth on the sixteenth day of December 1775, Horace Walpole, 4th Earl Orford (1717- 1797) was using decorative ornament inspired by a literary and pictorial interest in Gothic architecture at Strawberry Hill, his villa nearby the Thames at Twickenham in the London borough of Richmond.