The Lewis Walpole Library APRIL 24, 2017
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2017-2018 Fellows

The Library is delighted to announce the Fellowship and Travel Awards for 2017-2018. Selected from the largest pool of applicants to date, thirteen fellowships, including the joint Lewis Walpole Library - Beinecke Library eight-week fellowship, and seven travel grants were awarded.

The Land without Music: Now on View

The Library's current exhibition "The Land without Music: Satirizing Song in Eighteenth-Century England" is on view through September 29. Bringing together satirical prints and documents pertaining to English music makers and listeners, this exhibition explores English attitudes toward music. Read a review here.

Caricature, Revolution and Reform in Pre-Victorian Britain

On April 28, Ian Haywood will lead a seminar that will study the images of Robert Seymour and Charles Jameson Grant and consider how these artists re-imagined political caricature in a turbulent decade that began with the French revolution and ended with the rise of Chartism. Apply here.

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Preview: Walpolooza

September 24, 2017, marks the 300th anniversary of Horace Walpole's birth. The Library has planned a year's worth of events to celebrate the occasion, ranging from a scholarly conference, lecture, and workshop, to exhibitions, public talks, and a weekly blog. Stay tuned for more information. 

Highlighted Acquisition

The Library continues to acquire books from Horace Walpole's collection. In January we pur-chased Walpole's copy of The Works of Andrew Marvell, Esq. which appears as number 1967 in Allen T. Hazen's Catalogue of Horace Walpole's Library. The two volumes bear Walpole's bookplate and shelfmark and were sold at the 1842 Strawberry Hill sale. 

"A Contest of Two Genres" Master Class

On May 15-18 Mark Salber Phillips and Cynthia Roman will teach a residential master class "A Contest of Two Genres: Graphic Satire and Anglo-American History Painting in the Long Eighteenth Century" at the LWL that will consider issues and overlaps between the two narrative genres of history painting and graphic satire. Apply here.


May 18, 7:00 pm, Evening public talk at the LWL by exhibition guest curator Amy Dunagin on "Land without Music: Satirizing Song in Eighteenth-Century England." Space is limited and advance registration is required.

October 26, 5:30 pm Public lecture at the YCBA, 
"The Many Lives of Horace Walpole" by George E. Haggerty, Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of English, University of California, Riverside.

November 1, 7:00 pm, Evening public talk at the LWL, by exhibition guest co-curator Justin Brooks, doctoral candidate in the History department, Yale University, on the autumn exhibition on global encounters. Further details to come.

April 4, 2018, 5:30 pm, 23rd Lewis Walpole Library Lecture at the YCBA, by Claudia L. Johnson, Murray Professor of English Literature, Princeton University. More information will be made available closer to the date.

April 5, 2018, Graduate Student Colloquium in New Haven, led by Professor Claudia L. Johnson, and co-sponsored by the Yale Department of English. Information to follow.


This is the first issue of the Lewis Walpole Library News. The newsletter will be produced quarterly. We welcome questions, comments, and suggestions:

The LWL's exhibition"Bawdy Bodies: Satires of Unruly Woman" which was on view in Farmington from September 2015 through February 2016, is now on loan to the CU Art Museum at the University of Colorado Boulder where co-curator Hope Saska, formerly a staff member at the LWL, is now curator of collections and exhibitions.

Congratulations to recent fellows Nicole Garret, recipient of The ASECS Women’s Caucus’ 2016-17 Émilie Du Châtelet Award, Sasha Handley, whose book "Sleep in Early Modern England" has been shortlisted for the Wolfson Prize, and Mark Schoenfield, who has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Have you published or been recognized for work that has come out of or benefited from research done here at the LWL? We'd love to hear from you! 


W.S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director Nicole L. Bouché and Head of Public Services Sue Walker hosted a reception for current and former LWL Fellows and members of the Yale community at the 2017 meeting of ASECS (American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies).

Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings Cynthia Roman co-taught a master class at the University of Colorado Boulder entitled "The Printed Image in 18th- and 19th-Century London." 

Dr. Roman also presented a gallery talk "Rude about Royals" in connection with the YCBA's "Enlightened Princesses" exhibit. 32 people attended this talk on the satires in the exhibition, many of which were lent by the LWL. 

Head of Technical Services Ellen Cordes attended a conference at Loughborough University "Prints in Books: The materiality, art history and collection of illustrations."

Ms. Cordes also hosted the last in a series of three-day visits to the LWL by the editors of DCRM (Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials).

Lewis Legacy Project Archivist Sandra Markham coordinated a visit by seventeen archivists for a week in March to revise the principles of DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard).

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