Original engraving of the shell bench in the garden at Strawberry Hill, the attraction of Walpole's gardens was this bench ...
moreOriginal engraving of the shell bench in the garden at Strawberry Hill, the attraction of Walpole's gardens was this bench of a large Rococo style sea shell.
"This shell was one of Mr. Walpole's favorite inventions – for Strawberry Hill was crammed with inventions and contrivances. It was a seat in the form of a huge bivalve of a species not easily recognized, which generally elicited a vast amount of wonder and admiration from his visitors."
Only two depictions the original bench survive. This one From the 18th-century, Volume II ,plate 508.
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