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Exhibition | Global Encounters and the Archives: Britain’s Empire

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on October 10, 2017

Opening this month at the Lewis Walpole Library:

Global Encounters and the Archives: Britain’s Empire in the Age of Horace Walpole
The Lewis Walpole Library, Farmington, CT, 20 October 2017 — 2 March 2018

Curated by Justin Brooks, Heather Vermeulen, Steve Pincus, and Cynthia Roman

Barrett Ranelagh, Portrait of General Henry Seymour Conway (The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University).

As part of the year-long celebrations of the 300th anniversary of Horace Walpole’s birth, Global Encounters and the Archives: Britain’s Empire in the Age of Horace Walpole draws on the Lewis Walpole Library’s rich collections to bring Walpole’s global interests to light. As befitting the son of a prime minister (Sir Robert Walpole), the nephew of the auditor-general of the Revenue of America (Horatio Walpole), and the close friend of a secretary of state (Henry Seymour Conway) who oversaw important imperial affairs, Horace Walpole well understood the partisan conflicts that helped shape the British Empires. A lively collaboration between the Lewis Walpole Library and Yale faculty and graduate students, this exhibition takes full advantage of the diverse range of archival resources and special collections held by the Library, including manuscripts, printed texts, and graphic images in presenting conflicting visions of empire through the domains of political economy, diplomacy, slavery, and indigenous peoples.

In association with this exhibition, the library will sponsor a two-day conference in New Haven on 9-10 February 2018. The conference papers will present new archival-based research on Britain’s global empire in the long eighteenth century.

Curated by Justin Brooks (Doctoral Candidate in History, Yale University), Heather V. Vermeulen, (Ph.D., Lecturer in African American Studies, Yale University), Steve Pincus (Bradford Durfee Professor of History, Yale University), and Cynthia Roman (Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings, The Lewis Walpole Library).

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George Haggerty, The Many Lives of Horace Walpole
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 26 October 2017

In his charming biography of Horace Walpole, R.W. Ketton-Cremer makes the point that “one of the difficulties which confront a biographer of Walpole is his remarkable versatility. He was active in many fields—in politics, social life, literature, architecture, antiquarianism, printing, virtú; and it is not easy to include them all in the compass of a single volume.” George Haggerty, who is currently writing a new biography of Horace Walpole, will take up this challenge in his lecture with and through Walpole’s letters. Haggerty asserts that Walpole writes himself into his experience by means of his epistolary imagination. George E. Haggerty is the Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of English at the University of California, Riverside. Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall, Thursday, 26 October 26 2017, 5:30pm.

Queer Biography and the Archives: A Roundtable with George Haggerty
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven, 27 October 2017

Discussants include Abby Coykendall, Jason Farr, Caroline Gonda, Paul Kelleher, Ellen Malenas Ledoux, Susan Lanser, and Timothy Young. Friday, 27 October 2017, 2:30–4:45pm. Registration is required. For questions and further information, please contact Cynthia Roman cynthia.roman@yale.edu.

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Justin Brooks, Global Encounters in the Archives: Britain’s Empire in the Age of Horace Walpole
The Lewis Walpole Library, Farmington, CT, 1 November 2017

Justin Brooks, Doctoral Candidate in History, Yale University, will speak on the the Lewis Walpole Library’s exhibition Global Encounters in 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 full advantage of the diverse range of archival resources held by the Library and which Mr. Brooks co-curated, including manuscripts, printed texts, graphic images, and objects. Interrelated themes include political economy, diplomacy, indigeneity, and slavery. The talk, exhibition, and other related programs celebrate the broad pre-disciplinary collecting activities of Horace Walpole (1717–1797) and W.S. Lewis (1895–1979) and will explore how current multi-disciplinary methodologies invite creative research in the Library’s archival collections. Mr. Brooks’s talk is offered as part of a year’s worth of events celebrating the 300th anniversary of Horace Walpole’s birth. This Lewis Walpole Library lecture is held in partnership with the Farmington Libraries. Wednesday, 1 November 2017, 7:00pm. Space is limited, and registration is required.

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