Walpole's Strawberry Hill the focus of a major Yale project
The Samuel H. Kress Foundation has awarded two grants to Yale totaling $37,500. One grant was awarded to the Lewis Walpole Library, a department of the Yale University Library located in Farmington, CT. The library is a research center for eighteenth-century studies and the prime source for the study of Horace Walpole, the eighteenth-century British man of letters, scholar, and connoisseur, and of Strawberry Hill, his house near London. Its collections include significant holdings of eighteenth-century British books, manuscripts, prints, drawings, and paintings, as well as important examples of decorative arts. The grant will be used to support a curatorial fellow who will develop an electronic database that will identify and describe the many objects collected by Walpole for Strawberry Hill. The database will be an international collaborative resource for scholars and students of the period.
The second grant, awarded to the Lewis Walpole Library and the Yale Center for British Art, funds an organizational meeting to plan a major exhibition dedicated to Walpole’s Strawberry Hill. The exhibition will be organized by the Lewis Walpole Library and the Yale Center for British Art in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Michael Snodin, Head of Designs Collection in the Word and Image Department of the Victoria & Albert Museum, has been asked to act as guest curator for the exhibition. Conceived by Mr. Snodin, this exhibition will, in his words, “recreate the experience of Strawberry Hill which established the idea of the romantic interior crowded with objects that told stories and sparked imagination.” Accordingly, the exhibit will bring together many of the finest and most significant objects from Strawberry Hill in order to suggest Walpole’s orchestration of carefully selected collections arranged within expressly themed rooms.
Contact: Margaret K. Powell
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