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Collectors and the Country House Library


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Thursday 19 October: Strawberry Hill, Collectors and the Country House Library (Strawberry  Hill)
This is the third in a series of study days hosted at Strawberry Hill. The shelves of Horace Walpole’s Library at Strawberry Hill, emptied in the great sale of 1842, have recently been filled with the loan of books from the library of Aske Hall, North Yorkshire. To celebrate this event we are holding a study day on the Country House Library. Particular themes of the study day are the evolution of country house libraries, including how the libraries of art collectors such as Walpole support and enrich our understanding of their broader collections. Country house libraries may develop over generations of owners, but they may also strongly reflect the personality and interests of one collector, whether as bibliophile or in the broader history of collections of works of art, or they may reveal information on book binding practice. We will be looking not only at Walpole, but at a broad range of other collectors and their collections to show how much these libraries can reveal. Papers will be given by Megan Aldrich, Stephen Lloyd, Giles Mandelbrote, David Pearson, Stephen Clarke, Claire Reed and Mark Purcell.

Refreshments including a light lunch will be provided.

Location: Strawberry Hill, Strawberry Hill, 268 Waldegrave Road,
Twickenham, TW1 4ST
Date: Thursday 19th October
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Price: £60
To book: www.Strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/events or e-mail Claire Leighton at claire.leighton@Strawberryhillhouse.org.uk.
To celebrate the arrival on loan of the contents of the library of Aske Hall, Yorkshire, which has enabled the Trustees of Strawberry Hill to fill the shelves of Horace Walpole’s library, they have arranged a conference on the Country House library, with particular reference to Strawberry Hill and to the libraries of art collectors.