Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Shell Bench

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Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Shell Bench

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Original engraving of the shell bench in the Walpole garden at Strawberry Hill. This bench of a large Rococo style shell was the attraction in Walpole's garden. 

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"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. 

Freshly matted in antique cream.