Osterley Park: Elizabethan Meets Neoclassical

On Friday we went to see – oh! the palace of palaces! and yet a palace sans crown, sans coronet – but such expense! such taste! such profusion! ... The old house I have often seen, which was built by Thomas Gresham; but it so improved and enriched, that all the Percies and Seymours must die of envy… Horace Walpole to Lady Ossory, 21 June 1773. Osterley was completed in 1576 for banker Sir Thomas Gresham, who purchased the manor of Osterley in 1562.However, it wasn't until the late 18th century, when the old structure fallen into disrepair was extensively rebuilt by an emerging fashionable Scottish architect and designer Robert Adam for the Child family to entertain and impress their friends

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