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Strawberry Hill House and Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery is delighted to lend over fifty paintings to Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, the former home of the writer, antiquarian and politician, Horace Walpole (1717–1797). Strawberry Hill Trust is endeavouring to recreate the effect of Walpole’s original collection, through both acquisitions and long-term loans; using the catalogue Walpole wrote for his own collection in 1774 as a guide. 

Works on long-term loan from Dulwich include Dorothy, Viscountess Townshend, c.1718 (DPG567) by Charles Jervas. Dorothy Walpole (1628-1726) was the sister of Sir Robert Walpole, the father of Horace Walpole. The portrait of the Walpole’s great aunt has been returned to its original position in the Great Parlour, where Walpole displayed the portraits of both his family and some of his closest friends. 

Other paintings going on display form part of a set of twenty-six British monarchs, assembled by the founder of Dulwich College, Edward Alleyn, in four batches from 1618 to 1620. These include Henry VIII c.1618 (DPG533), Queen Anne Boleyn, c.1618 (DPG534) and Queen Mary, c.1618 (DPG536). Additionally, Dulwich is lending a number of works from the Dutch and Flemish schools. All these paintings are of types similar to works known to have formed part of Walpole’s collection. 

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