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Two extracts about English attitudes to art

By Ian Irvine   February 2010

1st July 1792. The Hon John Byng visits Tong Castle, Shropshire, and records it in his diary:

“This place, purchased by Mr Durant, has been rebuilt in a most overgrown taste and would require a very large fortune to keep up. How people can build these pompous edifices without a sufficiency of surrounding estate is wonderful. And yet how commonly it is done. It is a grand and beautiful place. Attended by the housekeeper I surveyed the house; the staircase is very fine, the rooms well-sized and well furnished, the bedchambers excellent, there is on the first floor a vast…

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