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Global Encounters and the Archives: Britain’s Empire in the Age of Horace Walpole

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Wednesday, November 1 7:00 PM Lewis Walpole Library, 154 Main Street Justin Brooks, Doctoral Candidate in History, Yale University, will speak on the the Lewis Walpole Library’s exhibition “Global Encounters and the Archives: Britain’s Empire in the Age of Horace Walpole.” The exhibition, which looks at aspects of the global British Empire in the long eighteenth century, takes […]

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The Land without Music: Satirizing Song in Eighteenth-Century England (A Lewis Walpole Library Lecture)

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Thursday, May 18 7:00 PM Lewis Walpole Library, 154 Main Street Music pervaded public and private spaces in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England; yet, in 1904, German critic Oscar Adolf Hermann Schmitz, heightening long-standing aspersions, dismissed England as a “land without music.” This unflattering epithet pointed to England’s meager contributions to the western musical canon during […]

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Eating People: A Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 7:00 PM Lewis Walpole Library, 154 Main Street In the course of the long eighteenth century—the Age of Caricature, and of The Rise of the Novel—the British reading public perfected the pastime of savoring characters.  In a flourishing print culture, buying and selling likenesses of people and types became a business—and […]

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Lewis Walpole Library Lecture: James Gillray’s Hogarthian Progress

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 7:00 PM Lewis Walpole Library, 154 Main Street Cynthia Roman, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings at the Lewis Walpole Library and co-curator of the current exhibition will talk about “James Gillray’s Hogarthian Progress.” Sequential narration in satiric prints is most famously associated with the “modern moral subjects” of William Hogarth […]

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Bawdy Bodies: Satires of Unruly Women – A Lewis Walpole Lecture

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016 7:00 PM LEWIS WALPOLE LIBRARY 154 MAIN STREET Cynthia Roman, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings at the LWL and co-curator of the current exhibition will talk about “Bawdy Bodies: Satires of Unruly Women.” Characterized by comically grotesque figures performing lewd and vulgar actions, bawdy humor provided a poignant vehicle to […]

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Strawberry Hill Restored: The Past, Present, and Future of Horace Walpole’s Little Gothic Castle

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On Thursday, September 24, the Lewis Walpole Library, in collaboration with the Farmington Libraries and the Village Lecture Series, will host a lecture by Michael Snodin, former head of the Designs section of the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, entitled Strawberry Hill Restored: The Past, Present, and […]

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“In the Midst of the Jovial Crowd”: Young James Boswell in London, 1762–1763

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On Thursday, September 19, the Lewis Walpole Library will host a special showing of its current exhibition, “In the Midst of the Jovial Crowd”: Young James Boswell in London, 1762–1763, complete with a talk about James Boswell from exhibition curator, James Caudle, Associate Editor, Yale Edition of the Private Papers of James Boswell. This event […]

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Director’s College — Dancing on a Sunny Plain: the Life of Annie Burr Auchincloss Lewis

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On Wednesday, February 27, the Lewis Walpole Library will host a special showing of its current exhibition, Dancing on a Sunny Plain: the Life of Annie Burr Auchincloss Lewis, complete with a talk about Mrs. Lewis’s extraordinary life from exhibition curator, Susan Walker. This event is co-sponsored by the Farmington Libraries and the Lewis WalpoleLibrary, […]

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