"Thomas Hope (30 August 1769 – 3 February 1830/1831), was a Dutch and British merchant banker, author, philosopher and art collector, best known for his novel "Anastasius," a work which many experts considered a rival to the writings of Lord Byron.
One of Hope’s earliest ambitions was to advance public awareness of historical painting and design and to influence design in the grand houses of Regency London. In pursuit of his scholarly projects, he began sketching furniture, room interiors and costumes, and publishing books with his accompanying scholarly texts.
In 1809 he published the "Costumes of the Ancients," and in 1812 "Designs of Modern Costumes," works which display a large amount of antiquarian research. Later "An Historical Essay on Architecture," which featured illustrations based on early Hope drawings, was published posthumously by his family in 1835.
Illustrations from "Costumes of the Ancients" were used in the game "Agon" by John harper"
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