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Grand Tour Talks: Cultural diplomacy in the Grand Tour between Rome, Florence and London: the role of Cardinal Alessandro Albani

This series of talks accompanies our latest In Focus display, which is dedicated to the Italian Grand Tour.  The talks will explore the friendship between Strawberry Hill creator Horace Walpole, and the British Envoy to Florence, Horace Mann and his circle including Thomas Patch. Tickets include entry to the display.

Online and In-person tickets available. 

Cultural diplomacy in the Grand Tour between Rome, Florence and London: the role of Cardinal Alessandro Albani. By Clare Hornsby PhD, FSA, Research Fellow in Art History, The British School at Rome and member of the Centro di Studi sulla Cultura e l’Immagine di Roma.

Thursday 26 May 2022 at 7.30pm, Doors open at 6.30pm


Cardinal Alessandro Albani (1692-1779), nephew of Pope Clement XI, had a vast Europe-wide correspondence that functioned as the backbone of his role as Cardinal protector of various states, including the Empire. Within that was an extensive exchange of letters over a long period with his near contemporary, the British diplomat in Florence Horace Mann which, in a similar way to the correspondence of Mann with Walpole, covered politics (Albani was a facilitator of spying on the activities of the Stuart Court), gossip, diplomacy and the arts. Mann provided letters of introduction to British visitors in Florence planning their trips to Rome and Albani used these contacts to establish connections for his lifelong passion, collecting and dealing in antiquities.

This talk will sketch out the background of Albani’s connection with Mann and will focus on a series of letters between Albani and George “Bubb” Dodington of ‘La Trappe’ in Hammersmith, a wealthy British politician originally introduced to the cardinal by Mann, whose acquisitions of valuable antique marble statues from Rome and other art works was commented upon by Walpole. The villa - just down the river from Strawberry Hill - and its contents have disappeared; we will look at the evidence that remains and highlight the role that art dealing played in the shift of papal policy in favour of the Hanoverian monarchy, largely brought about by Alessandro Albani’s activities.

Image: Cardinal Albani by Ludovico Mazzanti.

 

Other talks in The Grand Tour series

Thomas Patch (1725–82): an English Artist in Florence. By Hugh Belsey, Freelance Art Historian.

Thursday 21 April at 7.30pm

"A perfect character for the stage". Sir Horace Mann, British Envoy and Cavaliere in Florence. By Dr Giulia Coco, Art historian and curator at the Italian Ministry of Culture.

Thursday 12 May at 7.30pm

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Close Grand Tour Talks: Cultural diplomacy in the Grand Tour between Rome, Florence and London: the role of Cardinal Alessandro Albani

This series of talks accompanies our latest In Focus display, which is dedicated to the Italian Grand Tour.  The talks will explore the friendship between Strawberry Hill creator Horace Walpole, and the British Envoy to Florence, Horace Mann and his circle including Thomas Patch. Tickets include entry to the display.

Online and In-person tickets available. 

Cultural diplomacy in the Grand Tour between Rome, Florence and London: the role of Cardinal Alessandro Albani. By Clare Hornsby PhD, FSA, Research Fellow in Art History, The British School at Rome and member of the Centro di Studi sulla Cultura e l’Immagine di Roma.

Thursday 26 May 2022 at 7.30pm, Doors open at 6.30pm


Cardinal Alessandro Albani (1692-1779), nephew of Pope Clement XI, had a vast Europe-wide correspondence that functioned as the backbone of his role as Cardinal protector of various states, including the Empire. Within that was an extensive exchange of letters over a long period with his near contemporary, the British diplomat in Florence Horace Mann which, in a similar way to the correspondence of Mann with Walpole, covered politics (Albani was a facilitator of spying on the activities of the Stuart Court), gossip, diplomacy and the arts. Mann provided letters of introduction to British visitors in Florence planning their trips to Rome and Albani used these contacts to establish connections for his lifelong passion, collecting and dealing in antiquities.

This talk will sketch out the background of Albani’s connection with Mann and will focus on a series of letters between Albani and George “Bubb” Dodington of ‘La Trappe’ in Hammersmith, a wealthy British politician originally introduced to the cardinal by Mann, whose acquisitions of valuable antique marble statues from Rome and other art works was commented upon by Walpole. The villa - just down the river from Strawberry Hill - and its contents have disappeared; we will look at the evidence that remains and highlight the role that art dealing played in the shift of papal policy in favour of the Hanoverian monarchy, largely brought about by Alessandro Albani’s activities.

Image: Cardinal Albani by Ludovico Mazzanti.

 

Other talks in The Grand Tour series

Thomas Patch (1725–82): an English Artist in Florence. By Hugh Belsey, Freelance Art Historian.

Thursday 21 April at 7.30pm

"A perfect character for the stage". Sir Horace Mann, British Envoy and Cavaliere in Florence. By Dr Giulia Coco, Art historian and curator at the Italian Ministry of Culture.

Thursday 12 May at 7.30pm