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Events at Strawberry Hill House & Garden


Prices Between £27.00 to £150.00 Text Artefact Identify Hosted in collaboration between: Department of English, St Mary’s University, Twickenham The National Trust Strawberry Hill House This conference will bring...

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This conference will bring together scholars and curators from the disciplines of Literature, Cultural History, Art and Architectural History, and Heritage to investigate LGBTQ perspectives on the ‘long’ eighteenth century.

Hosted inside Horace Walpole’s Gothic villa at Strawberry Hill in west London, it will complement a major exhibition taking place October 2018-March 2019, ‘The Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill’, which will bring together, for the first time since 1842, masterpieces from Walpole’s collection.

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We invite papers exploring any aspect of queer history, culture, heritage and writing of the ‘long’ eighteenth century; there will be a particular but not exclusive focus on Horace Walpole and his circle. Please see the full Call for Papers below.

The conference will take place in the beautiful Georgian and Victorian Gothic rooms of Strawberry Hill, and there will be a formal dinner in Strawberry Hill House.

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Tickets only £35.00 Supper Talk - The Life and Work of Hogarth Supper Talk - The Life and Work of Hogarth

Two Hogarths are displayed in Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill: Masterpieces from Horace Walpole's Collection. A 2 course supper will be followed by a talk from John Iddon, Art historian, who will discuss the life and work of Hogarth.

Possibly the first universally acknowledged ‘great’ British-born artist, Hogarth demonstrated his genius in an astonishing variety of forms: engraving, satirical ‘progresses’ like Marriage a la Mode, portraits and ‘history’ paintings. He was a determined and pugnacious man battling for artists’ rights and for recognition of home-grown artists in a climate of prejudice in favour of their continental counterparts. He was a good man (for example a major supporter of Thomas Coram’s new Foundling Hospital) and an exposer of greed, corruption and hypocrisy. Above all he can be enjoyed as a lover and illustrator of the seething vitality of eighteenth century London life.

Event starts at 7pm. Complimentary glass of fizz between 6.30pm and 7pm for members of the Friends of Strawberry Hill on the presentation of their membership card. Other drinks available for purchase with supper.

This is Friends of Strawberry Hill event and raises much need funds to maintain the Grade I listed building and historic site, as well as supporting its work in the community.

Please note this event is only suitable for people aged 18 years and over


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Tickets only £15.00 Visit to Dennis Severs’ House Visit to Dennis Severs’ House, 4pm

Dennis Severs’ House is more than just a time capsule.  It is both a breathtaking and an intimate portrait of the lives of a family of Huguenot silk-weavers from 1724 to the dawn of the 20th century. 

As you follow their fortunes through the generations, the sights, smells and sounds of the house take you into their lives.  It was Dennis Severs’ intention that as you enter his house it is as if you have passed through the surface of a painting, exploring with your senses and imagination a meticulously crafted 18th century world.

This tour departs at 4pm (meet at 3.50pm) from 18 Folgate Street. Tickets must be pre-booked and booking closes on 8 February.


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Prices Between £23.00 to £25.00 Talk - Emma Rutherford: 'That small most precious head'; The Portrait Miniature Collection of Horace Walpole Emma Rutherford: 'That small most precious head'; The Portrait Miniature Collection of Horace Walpole


Horace Walpole considered his collection of portrait and enamels miniatures 'the largest and finest in any country'. He also saw miniatures as a direct conduit to the past - in terms of who they were of, but also as records of the artist, the original patron and the subsequent owner or collector. These small, intimate and ultimately private portraits had a powerful visual and psychological impact on the sensitive Walpole. This talk will look more closely at some of the important portrait miniatures which once adorned the cabinet at Strawberry Hill and why and how they were collected by Walpole.

Following the talk will be a tour of the ‘Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill: Masterpieces from Horace Walpole’s Collection’, with opportunity to see some of the miniatures discussed.


Emma Rutherford M.A.

Since 2007, Emma Rutherford M.A. has been a consultant for portrait miniatures at Philip Mould and Company, which specialises in historical portraiture and is the leading dealer in the field of portrait miniatures. Emma has specialised in portrait miniatures and silhouettes for twenty-five years. Prior to her freelance career, Emma worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum and was director of the portrait miniature department at both Phillips and Bonhams Auctioneers. 

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