Sir John Soane and Thomas Hope: Rival or Disciple? - A talk by Tim Knox

Thursday 01 February 2018
Time: 18:30

Introducing the intriguing story of Thomas Hope (1769 – 1831), bringing his personality and vision for design to life; this talk is set in the magnificent Fetcham Park House, Fetcham and will be preceded by drinks in the Great Hall.

Born into one of the richest banking dynasties in Europe, Thomas Hope used his great wealth to shape the arts in Regency England.  He amassed a remarkable art collection and installed it in the extraordinary interior of his London town house in Duchess Street and country estate at Deepdene, Dorking.  His interior decoration fostered what became known as the Regency style: a fascinating amalgam of decorative details, ornament and influences from Antiquity and British and Continental European art, architecture and design. 

Speaker, Tim Knox is the Director and Curator of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.  Prior to his appointment in 2013, Mr. Knox served as Director of the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London where he had been since 2005.  Tim studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art and was appointed Assistant Curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects Drawings Collection in 1989.  In 1995 Tim moved to the National Trust as its Architectural Historian, becoming Head Curator in 2002.

Venue: Fetcham Park House, Lower Road, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 9HD

Parking: Please note the entrance to Fetcham Park is via Badingham Drive. The Sat Nav reference is KT22 9ES and the gates are immediately on your right as you turn off Lower Road. Visitor parking is available in the grounds.

'This talk has been organised as part of the Deepdene Trail project, find out more at



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