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from the Hermitage
The undisputed star of the exhibition Houghton Revisited: Walpole Masterpieces from the Hermitage
at Norfolk's historic Houghton Hall is the Palladian house itself.
I hesitate to call it a house because it is too grand to be merely a house. With its own deer park, sculpture park, walled garden, vast lawns, 106 rooms, a grand mahogany staircase inside and another decorative staircase outside, it would be easier to call it a castle, but in England, home of the fanciful understatement, it is merely a "great house."
ANNA PORTER is an author, journalist, and former book publisher. Her most recent book is The Ghosts of Europe: Journeys through Central Europe's Troubled Past and Uncertain Future (Douglas & McIntyre). She has recently been writing about Central Europe for Maclean's and the Globe and Mail.
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