Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill.

Contributor(s): Snoddin, Michael.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Yale University Press, c2009Description: xv, 368 p. : col. ill., plans ; 31 cm.ISBN: 9780300125740.Subject(s): Art | Exhibition catalogue | Art-Collectors and collecting-England-London | Walpole, Horace, 1717-1791-Art collectionsDDC classification: 708.2SNO
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Horace Walpole (1717-1797), as the youngest son of the powerful Whig minister Robert Walpole, grew up at the center of Georgian society and politics and circulated amongst the elite literary, aesthetic, and intellectual circles of his day. His brilliant letters and writings have made him the best-known commentator on the rich cultural life of 18th-century England. In his own day, he was most famous for his extraordinary collections of rare books and manuscripts, antiquities, paintings, prints and drawings, furniture, ceramics, arms and armor, and curiosities, all displayed at his pioneering Gothic Revival house at Strawberry Hill, on the banks of the Thames at Twickenham.</p>  </p> This timely and groundbreaking study of the history and reception of Walpole's collection as it was formed and arranged at Strawberry Hill coincides with a planned restoration of this endangered house. Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill assembles an international team of distinguished scholars to explore the ways in which Strawberry Hill and its collections engaged with the creation of various and interconnected political, national, dynastic, cultural, and imagined histories.</p>

"This publication accompanies the exhibition Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill organized by the Lewis Walpole Library, the Yale Center for British Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum"--T.p. verso.

In association with the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University Yale Center for British Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Walpole is known today for his extensive, varied correspondence, published by Yale in 48 volumes (1937-83) under Wilmarth S. Lewis's editorship. Equally as important for the study of 18th-century England and Europe are Walpole's collections of rare books, old and new manuscripts (some illuminated), furniture, ceramics, and curiosities. These he housed in his pioneering Gothic Revival house, Strawberry Hill; currently being restored, it is located on the banks of the Thames at Twickenham. Lewis not only supervised the editing of Walpole's correspondence but also sought to re-create his extensive collection at his home in Farmington, Connecticut (now part of Yale, the Lewis Walpole Library is the center for Walpole studies). This rich catalogue of an exhibition devoted to Strawberry Hill considers the vast range of Walpole's collection and the complexity of the creation of his Gothic Revival house. It is surprisingly complete with 16 essays on Walpole's life and writings, anecdotes of painting, house description, heraldry and paintings, miniatures, armor, ceramics, books, and Strawberry Hill Press publications. Perhaps most fascinating of all is the very complete exhibition catalogue with most works illustrated in color. Saddest is the listing of the 1842 sale of most of Walpole's collection, and its re-creation. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers. T. J. McCormick emeritus, Wheaton College (MA)