DiCamillo Companion

Pope's Villa (Pope's House)

  • Built / Designed For: Alexander Pope

    House & Family History: Sir William Stanhope purchased the House in 1744, after Alexander Pope's death. Around 1759 Stanhope added wings to both sides of the House to give the building a more classical appearance. An oil painting (circa 1759, by Samuel Scott) showing the villa with Stanhope's new wings today hangs in the collection of the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut. Pope's Villa was demolished in 1807.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Pope created one of the earliest and most important grottoes in Britain. Amazingly, this grotto is still intact and in the possession of St. Catherine's School at Cross Deep. Pope also set the style for Rococo gardens at his villa in Twickenham.

  • Title: Follies, Grottoes and Garden Buildings
    Author: Headley, Gwyn; Meulenkamp, Wim
    Year Published: 1999
    Publisher: London: Aurum Press Ltd.
    ISBN: 1854106252
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Country Houses in Great Britain
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 1979
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale Center for British Art
    ISBN: 0930606191
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery
    Author: Rogers, Malcolm
    Year Published: 1993
    Publisher: London: National Portrait Gallery
    ISBN: 1855141345
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Demolished

    Park Listed: Destroyed

  • Past Seat / Home of: Alexander Pope, 18th century. Sir William Stanhope, 18th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Demolished

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Demolished

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No