Programs & Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

Bawdy Bodies: Satires of Unruly Women
(
September 24, 2015 - February 26, 2016) to view exhibition brochure, click or tap here

Prospects of Empire: Slavery and Ecology in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain
(
November 17, 2014 - May 1, 2015) to view exhibition brochure, click or tap here

A Collection's Progress: The Lewis Walpole Library, 2000-2014
(
April 14 - October 3, 2014) to view exhibition brochure, click or tap here; To read a YaleNews interview with Margaret Powell in which she discusses the exhibition and her tenure at the Library, click or tap here.

Emma Hamilton Dancing
(
October 16, 2013 - April 4, 2014) to view exhibition brochure, click or tap here; to see images of the Attitudes Performed at the LWL, click or tap here

“In the Midst of the Jovial Crowd”: Young James Boswell in London, 1762–1763
(April - October 4, 2013) to view exhibition brochure, click or tap here

Dancing on a Sunny Plain: the Life of Annie Burr Auchincloss Lewis
(October 29, 2012 -- March 22, 2013) to view exhibition brochure, click or tap here
The exhibition brochure was awarded The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) 2014 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Award in the Division Three category.

“The God of Our Idolatry”: Garrick and Shakespeare
(March 12 -August 8, 2012) to view exhibition brochure, click or tap here

Sacred Satire:  Lampooning Religious Belief in Eighteenth-Century Britain
(September 22, 2011 - March 2, 2012) to view exhibition brochure, click or tap here

Illustrious Heads: Portrait Prints as History
(November 22, 2010 - September 7, 2011) to view exhibition brochure, click or tap here

Collection Highlights: Prints, Drawings, and Illustrated Books
(May 3, 2010 - October 29, 2010) to view exhibition brochure, click or tap here

Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill
(October 15, 2009, - January 3, 2010) Yale Center for British Art, New Haven
(March 6 - July 4, 2010) Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Organized by The Lewis Walpole Library, the Yale Center for British Art, and the V&A
The exhibition catalogue was awarded the 2012 Philip Johnson Exhibition Catalogue Award by the Society of Architectural Historians

Works of Genius: Amateur Artists in Walpole's Circle
(September 28, 2009 - March 19, 2010) to view exhibition brochure, click or tap here

French Liberty. British Slavery. British Responses to the French Revolution
(April 17 - August 28, 2009) to view exhibition brochure, click or tap here

Portraits of Painters: Drawings by George Vertue and Horace Walpole's Anecdotes of Painting in England
(September 2008-February 2009) to view exhibition brochure, click or tap here

Recent Acquisitions 2003-2007: Selected Books, Manuscripts, & Works on Paper
(November-April 2008)

Antiquaries and Connoisseurs in Eighteenth-Century Satiric Prints
(October 7, 2004 - May 11, 2005)

Painted and Printed Color in Eighteenth-Century Satire
(May 12 - October 6, 2004)

Matrimony and Metaphor
(October 29, 2003 - May 12, 2004)

Preposterous Headdresses and Feathered Ladies
(May 8 - October 29, 2003)

Other Selected Past Exhibitions

The Train to the Eighteenth Century
(Fall 2002), Farmington

Treasure House in Farmington: The Lewis Walpole Library
(October 15, 1999 through January 9, 2000), Yale Center for British Art
to view exhibition catalog, click or tap here

The Bewigged Bard: Horace Walpole's Shakespeare
Exhibition from the Lewis Walpole Library Collection for the Bicentenary of Walpole's Death
(August through October 1997)
Sterling Memorial Library, New Haven

"Among the Whores and Thieves": William Hogarth and The Beggar's Opera
February 1 - April 6, 1997, Yale Center for British Art
Jointly presented by the Yale Center for British Art and the Lewis Walpole Library