Thursday, March 26, 2015

Strawberry Hill

According to Architectural Digest, one can finally go on a tour of Strawberry Hill. The castle of Otranto is one of the strangest books I have ever read (especially for it's time) but it's oddly absent as an "influence" in the Gothic community. This is particularity funny because it anticipates the kitsch theatrical character of the subculture way better than anything by Poe. The following are from the Strawberry Hill Garden website.



The following is a painting I really like (used in at least one polyvore collage) by the artist Johann Heinrich Muntz, a nice landscape with Strawberry Hill. My first thought was "Why did they paint it bright white?", well as we can see from the painting, that is how Walpole intended it.

2 comments:

  1. Maybe one day I will have my own Gothic castle! I read The Castle of Otranto in high school. While it lacks real characterisation as a lot of original Gothic stories seem to (heroes are all pure, maidens all fainty) it is good to know the roots of the genre. I prefer more modern writers like Poe, but I would love to see Walpole's castle!

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    1. I also prefer more modern writers, the original Gothic stories seem silly but I like their campy flavor, the same way I like those laughable b movies about vampires. Thanks for the comment, it's usually very quiet around here!

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