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Thomas Hope

Thomas Hope (1769-1831) was descended from a family of Scottish bankers who resided in Holland. When hostile French Revolutionary troops occupied Amsterdam in 1795, the wealthy mercantile aristrocrats relocated to London. Rather than enter the family business, this free-thinking young man of the Enlightenment used his enormous wealth to finance an eight year journey across Europe, Asia Minor and Africa. Neither missionary nor imperialist, rather an insightful traveller wise beyond his years,...See more