The Lewis Walpole Library July 2017
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Spectre from Castle of Otranto Horace Walpole portrait Apple-shaped tea caddy


The Library has a year's worth of programming planned to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Horace Walpole's birth. Watch the Library's website and see below for announcements of an exhibition, lectures, seminars, talks, colloquia, and even a public dramatic performance and panel discussion.

Horace Walpole at 300 Blog

We have begun a blog with weekly posts highlighting an LWL collection item formerly owned by, written by, or associated with Horace Walpole. Contributors will include former fellows, LWL staff, and others, including W.S. Lewis himself, as we alternate new posts with chapters from Lewis's Rescuing Horace Walpole.

Three Generations of Mutual Admirers

The Library's collection reflects W.S. Lewis's admiration for Walpole and those who felt similarly, like Thomas Carlyle. This tea caddy, formerly owned by Carlyle or his wife Jane, was purchased at auction by Wilmarth Lewis and presented as a gift to Annie Burr Lewis eighty-five years ago, on July 22, 1932.

self-portrait miniature by Liotard Richard Greenberg and gift Tree Swallow nestlings

LWL's 2017 Yale Graduate Student Summer Fellow

Christine Brandner, a graduate student in the History of Art, is this year's Yale Graduate Student Summer Fellow. She will come to Farmington for the month of August to conduct research in connection with her dissertation on Jean-Étienne Liotard's portraits.

Major Hogarth Gift

The Lewis Walpole Library has long held the most important collection of prints by William Hogarth in the United States. Now it is made even richer with a gift from Richard Greenberg of an early lifetime folio most likely compiled by Hogarth himself and issued in 1753. See the article on page 7 of Nota Bene.

Nature Notes

The Library's 14-acre campus in Farmington is a peaceful oasis with plenty of space for researchers and staff to observe flora and fauna. Catalog Assistant Scott Poglitsch has been leading staff in bird-watching, and he keeps a list of species sighted, like these five Tree Swallow nestlings.


October 20
Exhibition opens

Global Encounters in the Archives: Britain’s Empire in the Age of Horace Walpole
LWL Exhibition Gallery

October 26, 5:30 pm
The Many Lives of Horace Walpole
George Haggerty, Distinguished Professor, Department of English, University of California, Riverside
YCBA Lecture Hall

October 27, afternoon
Round table discussion
Queer Biography in the Archives, a Round Table Discussion
George E. Haggerty (UC Riverside) & Timothy Young (Beinecke, Yale) 
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Details coming soon

November 1, 7-9 pm 
Public evening talk for members of the Farmington community
Global Encounters in the Archives
Justin Brooks, Doctoral Candidate in History, Yale University. Presented in collaboration with the Farmington Libraries

April 4, 2018, 5:30 pm
23rd LWL Lecture
Claudia L. Johnson, Murray Professor of English Literature, Princeton University
YCBA Lecture Hall

April 5, 2018, afternoon
Graduate Student Colloquium
Professor Claudia Johnson
New Haven, details tba


LWL 2016 Fellow Sasha Handley's recent book Sleep in Early Modern England, based in part on research conducted during her fellowship at the LWL, has been short-listed for the Longman-History Today Book Prize 2017.

Former LWL Fellow (1995) Lucy Peltz has published Facing the Text: Extra-Illustration, Print Culture, and Society in Britain 1769–1840. Dr. Peltz has worked extensively with the LWL's rich holdings of extra-illustrated volumes, and in 2012 she taught a graduate student workshop on the subject here.

Peter N. Lindfield (Travel Grant 2015; Fellow 2010) is the author of Georgian Gothic: Medievalist Architecture, Furniture and Interiors 1730–1840. He is also the author of the second "Horace Walpole at 300" blog post.

Stephen Clarke, member of the LWL's Board of Managers and author of the Miscellaneous Antiquities volume on the Strawberry Hill Printing Press, has just edited and introduced the new Everyman edition of Selected Letters by Horace Walpole.

Do you have news arising from research conducted at the LWL? Let us know! Email us at or phone us at 860-677-2140


Nicole L. Bouché, Executive Director and W.S. Lewis Librarian, recently represented the LWL at two events at Strawberry Hill: the book launch for the new Everyman edition of Walpole's Selected Letters and an evening with Sir David Attenborough where the famed naturalist read from the Selected Letters.

Ellen Cordes, Head of Technical Services, attended the Annual conference of the Rare Book and Manuscript Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, in Iowa City. Ms. Cordes wrote a blog post on the roles of seminar moderators at RBMS Annual Conferences.

Cindy Roman, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings, participated in a workshop in London sponsored by the Beinecke. Her paper was entitled, "Satirizing Smoking Clubs: Anglicizing Tobacco in the Eighteenth Century."

Susan Walker, Head of Public Services, met with rare book and print dealers at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia. Keep an eye on the LWL's Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions blog to see some of the items purchased at the Fair as they arrive and are cataloged.

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