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Strawberry Hill

Talk, Thu 24 Jan 2019


Talk - Emma Rutherford: 'That small most precious head'; The Portrait Miniature Collection of Horace Walpole
Horace Walpole considered his collection of portrait and enamels miniatures 'the largest and finest in any country'. He also saw miniatures as a direct conduit to the past - in terms of who they were of, but also as records of the artist, the original patron and the subsequent owner or collector. These small, intimate and ultimately private portraits had a powerful visual and psychological impact on the sensitive Walpole. This talk will look more closely at some of the important portrait miniatures which once adorned the cabinet at Strawberry Hill and why and how they were collected by Walpole.

Following the talk will be a tour of the ‘Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill: Masterpieces from Horace Walpole’s Collection’, with opportunity to see some of the miniatures discussed.

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Event details

Dates Times
Thu 24 Jan 2019 18:30 to 20:30





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Map reference: TQ 158722  Lat: 51.43696 Long: -0.33539

By Road: At the London Road roundabout on the A316 take the exit signposted Twickenham A310.
At the mini roundabout turn left, you are still on London Road. Pass Twickenham Station on your left. At traffic lights you will have to bear right into King Street. Get over into left lane and turn left at the traffic lights into Cross Deep. You will pass Radnor Gardens leading down to the Thames on your left.
At mini roundabout turn right into Waldegrave Road. You will see Strawberry Hill House on your left. Just past the house is the turning into St. Mary's College where you can park
Bus: 33 travels from Hammersmith and through Richmond and the R68 travels from Kew Gardens Station, through Richmond Train and Bus Stations.
Train: Richmond Station
Tube: Richmond District Line
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