Programs & Exhibitions


Current Exhibition Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions  

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


There is no exhibition currently on view. The exhibition gallery is closed until September 24 when "Bawdy Bodies: Satires of Unruly Women" is scheduled to open.

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Future Exhibitions

Fall 2015-Winter 2016

Rowlandson's The Poll
Thomas Rowlandson, The Poll.
Etching with hand coloring
Published ca. 1784 by Wm. Humphrey.
784. Impression 1

Bawdy Bodies: Satires of Unruly Women

24 September 2015 through 26 February 2016

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


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

with contributions by Yale Professor of English Jill Campbell

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 towards 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.



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Past Exhibitions

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