The Lewis Walpole Library April 2018
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Successful 23rd LWL Lecture

Claudia L. Johnson's lecture "Pride, Prejudice and Portraits: The Rice Portrait of Jane Austen," the 23rd Lewis Walpole Library Lecture, was very well attended and well received. Dr. Johnson, Murray Professor of English Literature at Princeton University, argued her case for the painting being a portrait of the British novelist by artist Ozias Humphrey and executed in the late eighteenth century. The portrait is in a private collection in England. The audience members were very engaged throughout the talk, and the question and answer session afterwards was lively and substantive. Following the talk, a reception was held in the Center's Library court. 

2018-2019 Fellows Announced

The Library is delighted to announce the 2018-2019 Fellowship and Travel Grant awards. This year the 22 recipients, ranging from doctoral students to seasoned academics, hail from Abu Dhabi, Canada, Finland, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Poland and the US. Topics pursued include the arts, material culture, history,  landscape gardening, linguistics, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, and more. The eight-week joint Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library-Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship was awarded to Soile Ylivouri from Queen Mary University of London. Dr. Ylivouri's project is entitled "Fashioning Georgian Englishness:  Race, National Identity, and Codes of Proper Behaviour." 

The Mysterious Mother

We wrap up our Walpolooza year with an extraordinary celebration of Walpole's play The Mysterious Mother. A staged reading of the play, abridged by David Worrall,  directed by Misty Anderson and featuring performances by Georgina Locke, Chelsea Phillips, Dale Townshend, Stephen Clarke, and several Yale drama students, will be followed by a talk-back session led by Catherine Sheehy.

A mini-conference takes place the following day. Two panels of scholars will explore Reading The Mysterious Mother and Staging The Mysterious Mother. A breakout session will look at Lady Diana Beauclerk's drawings for the play. (register for breakout session here)

Farmington High School Students Former and current LWL fellows at the ASECS reception March 2018 Entrance to LWL with flowering trees

Farmington High School AP European History Students 

Farmington High School AP European History teacher Jennifer Wood brought her class to the LWL to view the current exhibition “Global Encounters and the Archives” and work with some of our collections. Under the guidance of exhibition co-curator and Yale History PhD student Justin Brooks, with the assistance of Cindy Roman, Sue Walker, and Scott Poglitsch, students examined primary source materials related to the Seven Years War, The Stamp Act, the French Revolution, Slavery, and Indigenous Peoples. Several members of the class later attended the Global Encounters conference in New Haven. 

ASECS 2018 Reception

For the third year, the Library hosted a reception for LWL Fellows at the annual conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS). The gathering brings together past, current, and incoming Lewis Walpole Library Fellows to exchange ideas, catch up, network, and share experiences of being a Fellow at the Lewis Walpole Library. Fellows also have the opportunity to meet members of the Yale community attending the conference. For incoming Fellows, the reception affords them chance to learn what to expect of their time in Farmington and be introduced to peers they may wish to meet with during their time at Yale.

New Staff

The Library is delighted to announce two new full-time staff members have joined the team. 
We welcome new Catalog Assistant Eileen Horansky. Eileen comes from Ohio where she graduated from the Kent State University School of Library & Information Science and interned in special collections at the Cleveland Public Library.
We look forward to welcoming Tom Charette in May as the new Manager of Building Operations and Facilities. Tom most recently held the position of Director of Facilities at The Cheshire Academy, so he brings experience with managing a campus that includes eighteenth-century and modern buildings. 


May 2, 5:30 pm
The Mysterious Mother 
Staged Reading

Directed by Misty G. Anderson
Yale Center for British Art

May 3, 10 am to 4 pm The Mysterious Mother Mini-Conference
Organized by Jill Campbell and Cynthia Roman
Yale Center for British Art

June 1
Last Day for Yale PhD students to apply for LWL Summer Fellowships


The Spring issue of Eighteenth-Century Studies has articles by Former Fellows Jason Pearl (TG'15), "The View from Above: Satiric Distance and the Advent of Ballooning in Britain," and Andrew Benjamin Bricker (F'12), "After the Golden Age: Libel, Caricature, and the Deverbalization of Satire." Both include images from the LWL collection.

Colin Burke's (TG'14) new book America's Information Wars is published. He says in an email to us, "The Lewis family and friends play a central part in the first section of the work. Wilmarth's connections to the intelligence community during WWII were deep and fascinating."

Eun-Kyung Min's (F'02) latest book China and the Writing of English Literary Modernity, 1690–1770, published by Cambridge University Press, is coming out this month. 


LWL Fellows past, present, and future were very active at the recent American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in Orlando, Florida. Among the sessions was "The Imprint of Women: Printmakers, Printsellers and Print Publishers," co-chaired by former Fellow Cristina Martinez (F'12) and LWL Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings Cynthia Roman. Presenters included former LWL Fellows Paris Spies-Gans (F'14), Heather McPherson (F'01, F'14), and Amy Torbert (F'13).

Whitney Robles (F'17) has been awarded a Bowdoin Prize for graduate students at Harvard. The Bowdoin prizes are designed to recognize essays of originality and high literary merit, written in a way that engages both specialists and non-specialists.

Paris Spies-Gans (F'14) was awarded the Catherine Macaulay Prize, Honorable Mention, for her paper presented at the 2017 ASECS annual meeting. This prize was added to recognize her paper and project. Paris also received a postdoctoral fellowship and will be beginning a 3-year term as a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows this summer.

Peter Lindfield's (F'10, TG'15) article "The Panelled Heraldic Room of Horace Walpole (1717-1797) at Strawberry Hill" appears in the latest issue of The British Art Journal and features manuscripts from the LWL's collection recently cataloged by the Library.

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Cynthia Roman, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings, represented the LWL at the annual meeting of CAA, the College Art Association, in Los Angeles, California, in February. She and former LWL Fellow Kathryn Desplanque (F'15) co-chaired a session entitled "Collecting, Cutting, and Collaging."

Nicole Bouché, Cynthia Roman, and Susan Walker represented the LWL at the 2018 annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in March in Orlando, Florida. See the article above on the LWL reception and announcement in the column to the left about the session "The Imprint of Women: Printmakers, Printsellers and Print Publishers" co-chaired by Dr. Roman.

Conservator Laura O'Brien-Miller, visited Strawberry Hill in February to meet about the upcoming exhibition to which the LWL will lend in autumn 2018. While in the UK, she also attended a workshop on identifying animal skins used in book and manuscripts. 

Lewis Legacy Archivist Sandra Markham attended the “Images, Copyright, and the Public Domain in the Long Nineteenth Century” international conference hosted by the Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library, in partnership with LARCA 
(Laboratoire de recherches sur les cultures anglophones), Université Paris Diderot. 

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