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Horace Walpole's Correspondence

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Strawberry Hill Database

 

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Horace Walpole's Correspondence

The Yale Edition of Horace Walpole's Correspondence

The electronic version of The Yale Edition of Horace Walpole's Correspondence (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1937-1983) provides free online access to all 48 volumes of W.S. Lewis’s scholarly edition of the correspondence of Horace Walpole (1717-1797), youngest son of Sir Robert Walpole, England's first Prime Minister.  Each page has been scanned and run through OCR (Optical Character Recognition) processing to enable scholars to browse the scanned pages as well as search the text for keywords.  In addition, users may browse indexes created from the OCR text, including indexes by date of correspondence and by name of correspondent as well as indexes to the illustrations and appendices.

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Digital Images Collection

Digital Images Collection

The Lewis Walpole Library Digital Images Collection (commonly referred to as the "DL") presents images of visual materials from Library's collection. The majority of the Library's world-renowned collection of English caricatures and political satirical prints from the late-seventeenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries are presented in the Digital Image Collection, including works by Gillray, Rowlandson, Woodward, Bunbury, and Newton, among others as well as the Library's extraordinary collection of works by William Hogarth.

Prints, drawings, and watercolors related to Horace Walpole's collection and house at Strawberry Hill are also represented, including several extra-illustrated editions of Walpole’s Description of the Villa, once owned by William Bawtree, Richard Bull, Thomas Kirgate, and Walpole himself as well as other volumes formerly in Walpole’s library such as his A Collection of Prints Engraved by Various Persons of Quality, and albums of drawings by his friends Richard Bentley and John Chute, as well as an Album of Drawings with natural history illustrations by Maria Sybilla Merian. Recent additions include selected portraits, including ones by George Vertue, and topographical views, several groups of prints known as the Cries of London (both those by Marcellus Laroon and those by Paul Sandby), and a selection of ephemera: trade cards, advertisements, invitations, and bookplates, ballads and broadsides, and many playbills from Londona and regional British theatres.

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For more information about the Digital Images Collection, its contents, and help with searching, click here.

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Strawberry Hill Database

Strawberry Hill Database

Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill Collection was initially developed by the Lewis Walpole Library to support research for the exhibition Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill and for the renovation of the house itself, undertaken by the Strawberry Hill Trust. Dispersed since the famous sale in 1842, Walpole's collection was one of the most significant in eighteenth-century Britain, numbering several thousand items. This database encompasses the entire range of art and artifacts from Walpole's collections, including all items whose location is currently known and those as yet untraced but known through a variety of historical records. This information is now made available for public access.

To go to the Strawberry Hill Database, click here.

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Blogs

Blogs

The Library currently has one active blog and plans for a second blog

Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions Blog

The Library's blog on which new acquisitions of rare materials are announced. For each recent antiquarian acquisition, the blog includes a brief description and bibliographic data, one or more images, and links to the item's catalog record in Orbis and, where applicable, to the item in the digital image collection.

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To go to the Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions blog, click here.

Hogarth Blog -- forthcoming

The Library's renowned collection of graphic works by William Hogarth (1697-1764) will be the focus of a year of programming at the Library in Farmington. Anchored by the three elephant folio volumes of Hogarth's prints assembled by George Steevens in the eighteenth century, the Library's collections include impressions of nearly every print Hogarth produced and had printed during his lifetime as well as restrikes produced after his death and other prints inspired by or satirizing his work.

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Podcasts

Podcasts

The Library currently has two collections of podcasts available for free download through Yale University on iTunes U:

Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill

Burney Visit

Strawberry Hill Printing House

Britain in the Long Eighteenth Century

Portraits of Painters: Drawings by George Vertue and Horace Walpole's Anecdotes of Painting

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Online Exhibitions

Online Exhibitions

Past exhibitions held at the Library are presented online. Currently images and label text for one previous exhibition can be found here. Plans are well under way to present more of the Library's past exhibitions.

Preposterous Headdresses and Feathered Ladies: Hair, Wigs, Barbers, and Hairdressers

In the second half of the eighteenth century the hair of the fashionable world in England soared to new heights. From the Lewis Walpole Library's collection here is a selection of prints focused on hair and wigs, and on the hairdressers and barbers who created and tended them.

These images of "preposterous" hairstyles give evidence of the increased economic prosperity that made possible such extreme fashions as well as the luxury goods necessary to them. At the time of publication, the prints also served to communicate and disseminate the latest styles to a broader public.

 

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Related Links:

More detailed help on searching for graphic materials in Orbis
Orbis search help -- Basic or Advanced
More help on searching Horace Walpole's Correspondence
More help on searching the Digital Image Collection

Library Collections
•British Eighteenth-century Studies Electronic Resources Subject Guide

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