In 1804, Thomas Hope authored Observations on the plans and elevations designed by James Wyatt, architect, for Downing College, Cambridge, in which Hope was highly critical of the Roman Doric designs submitted by Wyatt (then president of the Royal Academy). In the same pamphlet, Hope declared his preference for the neo-Greek designs (with less unnecessary ornament) submitted by William Wilkins. Wilkins' designs were ultimately the winning submission. In defense of their president, Royal Academicians excluded Hope from their dinner of 28 April 1804. One Academy member, Henry Tresham, using the soubriquet "Diagonetto", issued a single sheet ballad in six verses entitled "Hope's Garland", ridiculing Hope's pretensions as a connoisseur of architecture. Tresham then distributed the lampoon to Royal Academicians on the day of the dinner. Tresham's attack on Hope embarrassed the Academy, who did not want to so offend a wealthy and important patron of the arts. Wyatt and Joseph Farington later formally apologized to Hope. Cf. Holger Hoock. "From Beefsteak to Turtle: Artists' Dinner Culture in Eighteenth-Century London." The Huntington Library Quarterly, v. 66, no. 1/2 (2003): 27-54.
From the description of Hope's garland : on a letter addressed to Francis Annesley Esqr. M.P. by Thomas Hope Esqr., 1804?. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702201418
From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to Mr. Phillips, [n.d.] "Sunday." (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270573144
From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London], to Lieut. William Davies of H.M.S. Daphne, 1811 Mar. 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270573140