Programs & Exhibitions


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The Lewis Walpole Library draws from its own collection of prints, drawings, and paintings along with manuscripts, books, and other printed texts, to mount several rotating exhibitions in Farmington each year.

The exhibitions are free and open to the public during gallery hours: Wednesdays, 2 - 4:30 p.m. These exhibitions may also be viewed during tours of the Library by appointment. Please call 860-677-2140 for more information.

The Library has also exhibited materials in New Haven over the years. Most recently, dozens of items from the collection were included in 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. The exhibition was on view October 15, 2009 - January 3, 2010, at the Yale Center for British Art before moving to London to the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Current Exhibition

Fall 2015-Winter 2016






























Bawdy Bodies image

Bawdy Bodies: Satires of Unruly Women

September 24, 2015 through February 26, 2016

Co-curated by Hope Saska
Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, University of Colorado Art Museum


Cynthia Roman
Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings, the Lewis Walpole Library

with contributions by Jill Campbell (Department of English, Yale University)

Characterized by comically grotesque figures performing lewd and vulgar actions, bawdy humor provided a poignant vehicle to target a variety of political and social issues in eighteenth-century Britain. Bawdy Bodies: Satires of Unruly Women explores the deployment of this humorous but derisive strategy toward the regulation of female behavior. The exhibition presents satirical images of women from a range of subject categories including the royal family, aging members of fashionable society, disparaged mothers, political activists, gamblers, medical wonders, artists, performers, and intellectuals.

Bawdy program poster






Lecture and Workshops
presented in connection with the exhibition Bawdy Bodies: Satires of Unruly Women


Rock, Paper, Scissors: Dimensionality and Neoclassical Aesthetics in the Art and Fashion of the 1790s
Amelia Rauser
5:30, October 28, 2015
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

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Workshops for Graduate Students

“We are an injured body”: Collectivity and the Female Body
Jill Campbell
October 2, 2015
The Lewis Walpole Library, Farmington

Expressive Bodies in Eighteenth-Century Satirical Prints
Amelia Rauser, Professor of Art History, Franklin & Marshall College
October 30, 2015
The Lewis Walpole Library, Farmington

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Future Exhibitions

Spring 2015 The next exhibition will focus on the Library's exceptional collection of works by William Hogarth. More details forthcoming.


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Past Exhibitions

Click here to view a listing of past Library exhibitions, some with links to further information including pdfs of brochures.