Marble Hill House, Richmond
Marble Hill is the last complete survivor of the elegant villas and gardens which bordered the Thames.
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Marble Hill is the last complete survivor of the elegant villas and gardens which bordered the Thames between Richmond and Hampton Court in the 18th century.
History to the present day
Marble Hill House was begun in 1724 for the remarkable Henrietta Howard, mistress of King George II when he was Prince of Wales, and friend of some of the cleverest men in England. The house and gardens were planned by a coterie of fashionable connoisseurs, including Mrs Howard's neighbour, the poet Alexander Pope.
A lovely Palladian villa still set in 66 acres of riverside parkland, Marble Hill was intended as an Arcadian retreat from crowded 18th-century London. It became renowned as a salon of literary wits, gathered round their learned hostess. The compact but carefully planned interior is focused on the first floor 'Great Room' where Mrs Howard held court.
Marble Hill's interiors have been exquisitely restored and recreated, and some of its dispersed original contents have been re-assembled from as far afield as Philadelphia and Melbourne, Australia. There is also a fine collection of early Georgian paintings, including portraits of Mrs Howard and her circle. There can be few places in England which better recall the atmosphere of Georgian fashionable life. A display recreates the Chinese wallpaper Henrietta Howard hung in the dining room. A unique paper has been designed to fit the room, each sheet different and hand painted by Chinese artists.
Arrival information and how to find us
Address: Marble Hill House, London, , United Kingdom
1 Apr-1 Nov: 10am-2pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sundays and Bank Holidays
2 Nov-20 Dec and 1-31 Mar: Exclusive group access
21 Dec-28 Feb: CLOSED
Family Ticket: £11.00
Train Access: St Margarets 1⁄2 mile
Bus Access: From surrounding areas
Tube Access: Richmond 1 mile
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