Influenced by the example of his second cousin, Henry Hope (1735–1811), Hope designed two remarkable houses for his collections. At Duchess Street, Portland Place, London, he altered and enlarged (1799–1804, and 1819) a house designed by Robert Adam (demolished 1851), adding a picture-gallery decorated in a Neo-Classical style, a sculpture gallery, another picture-gallery in the Greek style, a Hindoo room, an Egyptian Revival room (with furniture in an extraordinarily powerful Graeco-Egyptian style designed by Hope), a Flaxman room, and various other rooms for the display of Greek vases. These interiors were published in Household Furniture (1807). Like Soane's house, the building was open to the public, and played no small part in popularizing Neo-Classicism (the picture-gallery was one of the earliest English interiors to be articulated with the Greek Doric Order). The other house was The Deepdene, near Dorking, Surrey, enlarged with the assistance of William Atkinson (c.1773–1839) in 1818–19 and 1823 in an asymmetrical Picturesque yet Classical manner, and containing much Egyptian ornament, including a bed derived from published French sources. Many of Hope's designs were related to the Empire style of Percier and Fontaine.
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