Programs & Exhibitions
Works of Genius: Amateur Artists in Walpole's Circle
curated by Cynthia Roman
An influential writer, collector and historian of art, Horace Walpole (1717-1797) was also a great champion of art produced by persons who were 'not artists'—perhaps best translated today as non-professional or amateur artists.
Works by amateur artists were a vital part of Walpole's collection and were hung prominently and in great number at his famous house Strawberry Hill. This exhibition presented work on paper by Walpole and members of his closest circle, including Henry William Bunbury, John Chute, Richard Bentley, Lady Diana Beauclerk, Lady Hamilton, and Mary Berry.