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Thomas Hope: Regency Designer - V&A

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION exploring Thomas Hope’s important role as an arbiter of design taste in the early 19th century, Thomas Hope: Regency Designer, will be on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum – from March 21 to June 22, 2008.

Furniture designer and collector of art and antiquities, Hope pioneered the Neo-Classical Style in England. His Household Furniture and Decoration (1807) was the style Bible par excellence.

The scope of Hope’s influence is shown through sculpture, painting, furniture, interior design, costume, metalwork and silver. The display will include recreations of the interiors from his Duchess Street townhouse – a temple of taste during the Regency period – and will examine Deepdene, his country house and estate in Surrey.

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