In the study of British Decorative arts there are few people whose work informs and inspires as much as Michael Snodin. Currently Senior Research Fellow at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Snodin’s latest publication examines the history and reception of Horace Walpole’s collection at Strawberry Hill. Along with other scholars, Snodin (the editor) brings full life to the home, its contents, and the world surrounding both.
The son of powerful Whig Minister Robert Walpole, Horace grew to be the best known commentator on Georgian life in England. His collections ranged from arms & armor to rare books, all carefully displayed in his groundbreaking home Strawberry Hill. A related exhibition is now on view at The British Art Center at Yale, where it will run through January 31, 2010. In March, the exhibition will open at the V&A and remain in situ until July 4, 2010.
Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill is available from Yale University Press.