Journée d’études : “Collectors and the Country House Library”.

John Carter, View of the Library at Strawberry Hill, watercolour, 23.7 × 28.8 cm, 1784, The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

Type : journée d’études.
Date : 19 octobre 2017.
Lieu : Strawberry Hill.

The shelves of Horace Walpole’s Library at Strawberry Hill, emptied in the great sale of 1842, have recently been filled with the loan of books from the library of Aske Hall, North Yorkshire. To celebrate this event, we are holding a study day on Collectors and the Country House Library. Particular themes are the evolution of country house libraries and how the libraries of art collectors such as Walpole support and enrich our understanding of their broader collections. Country house libraries may develop over generations of owners, but they may also strongly reflect the personality and interests of one collector, whether as bibliophile or in the broader history of collections of works of art. We will be looking not only at Walpole, but at a broad range of other collectors and their collections to show how much these libraries can reveal. Refreshments including a light lunch will be provided. For further information, please contact This event is kindly sponsored by the Delmas Foundation


9.30  Coffee

9.50  Welcome

10.00  Morning Papers
• Megan Aldrich, Saxon or Gothic? An Antiquarian Library at Stowe.
• Stephen Clarke, ‘Quite a Paradise of Well-Conditioned, Beautiful Books’? Horace Walpole’s Library at Strawberry Hill.

11.00  Break

11.10  Keynote Paper
• Mark Purcell, The Country House Library.

12.05  Claire Reed, The Library at Osterley Park House.

12.35   Lunch and tours of the house.

2.15  Afternooon Papers
• Giles Mandelbrote, A Metropolitan Collector: The Library of Sir Richard Ellys (1682–1742) at Blickling Hall.
• David Pearson, Bugs and Bindings: Eighteenth-Century Insect Rolls.
• Stephen Lloyd, The Library of the Earls of Derby at Knowsley Hall.

3.30 Questions and final discussion.

Citer ce billet
Maxime Georges Métraux (2017, 24 septembre). Journée d’études : “Collectors and the Country House Library”. Groupe de Recherche en Histoire de l'Art Moderne. Consulté le 13 avril 2024, à l’adresse

Maxime Georges Métraux

Doctorant en Histoire de l'art moderne (Université Paris IV –Sorbonne, Centre André Chastel – UMR 8150). Expert pour la galerie Hubert Duchemin et chargé d’enseignement à l'Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée. Commissaire scientifique de l’exposition "Chic Emprise : Cultures, usages et sociabilités du tabac du XVIe au XVIIIe siècle" (22 juin - 23 septembre 2019) au musée du Nouveau Monde de La Rochelle.

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