Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill
20 October 2018 – 24 February 2019
Open 7 days a week

General Admission

Monday – Friday: 12 – 6pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Final entry one hour before closing. Advance booking is recommended, £2 surcharge for tickets booked at point of entry.

Public Guided Tours

Public guided tours available 10am Saturday & Sunday.

Friday Lates

Fridays: 6pm – 9pm. Offering public guided tours every half an hour from 6pm – 8pm. 

Private Guided Tours

Private guided tours available 10am, 10.30am and 6pm, Monday to Friday for groups of 15+ people. For more information please contact: tours@strawberryhillhouse.org.uk

For more details please contact the team on:
+44 (0)20 8744 1241

To avoid disappointment, please book your tickets in advance.

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This exhibition brings back to Strawberry Hill some of the most important masterpieces in Horace Walpole’s famous and unique collection for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.

Horace Walpole’s collection was one of the most important of the 18th century. It was dispersed in a great sale in 1842. For the first time in over 170 years, Strawberry Hill can be seen as Walpole conceived it, with the collection in the interiors as he designed it, shown in their original positions.

The Collection

Strawberry Hill was filled with a celebrated collection of paintings, furniture, sculptures and curiosities: great portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Peter Lely, Allan Ramsay, Rubens, Van Dyck, Hans Holbein and Clouet; miniature portraits by Isaac and Peter Oliver, Hilliard and Petitot, a carved Roman eagle from the 1st century AD; fine furniture including a Boulle cabinet, fabulous Sèvres pieces as well as some oddities such as a lime-wood cravat, carved by Grinling Gibbons, a lock of Mary Tudor’s hair and a ‘magic mirror’ (an obsidian disc) which Dr Dee, Queen Elizabeth I’s necromancer, had used for conjuring up the spirits.

In 1842, the collection was dispersed worldwide in a 28 day ‘sale of the century’. From the 1920s to the ‘70s, Walpole scholar and consummate collector Wilmarth S. Lewis, who edited and published with Yale University Press the 48-volume Yale Edition of Horace Walpole’s Correspondence (New Haven, 1937-1983), assembled the largest private collection of Walpoliana, including many pieces from Strawberry Hill, which he and his wife bequeathed to Yale University in 1980 as the Lewis Walpole Library, with whose help the Strawberry Hill Trust is delighted to be mounting this exhibition.

Walpole left detailed descriptions of the displays in each of the main rooms of his villa, so that nearly all the works can be shown in their original positions. In The Great Parlour, a display of portraits of Walpole’s family includes the famous Reynolds’ painting of Walpole’s nieces, The Ladies Waldegrave, (now in the National Gallery of Scotland). The Tribune will house the famous rosewood cabinet designed by Walpole, owned by the V&A, together with a display of exquisite portrait miniatures. Walpole’s gilded, crimson Gallery will be once again house the impressive Roman sculpture of an eagle and be hung with life-size portraits, including The Family of Catherine de Medici by Clouet.

Scala Publication

A richly illustrated book about Walpole and his collections, written by Co-Curator Silvia Davoli accompanies the exhibition. Published by Scala (price £15) it is available in the Strawberry Hill shop throughout the exhibition.

“It will be the exhibition of the decade”

Lord Waldegrave, 2018


Private Guided Tours

A guided tour is one of the most engaging ways to experience the exhibition. To book a guided tour of ‘The Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill’ Exhibition, taking place from 20 October 2018 until 24 February 2019 contact, for a group of 15+ people contact: tours@strawberryhillhouse.org.uk

Tour details

Private guided tours are £15 per person, tours last for 90 minutes and are available at 10am, 10.30am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. Unfortunately we are unable to offer concessions or discounts on guided tours.

Tours can be arranged for groups of 15 up to 50 persons, and we supply one guide per 18-20 people. In the event you have fewer than 15 people, we can book a tour if the minimum charge is met. Refreshments are available for an additional £2.50 per person on arrival or departure and we can also offer light luncheon, for menus and further details on Guided Tours please contact the team on: tours@strawberryhillhouse.org.uk

Free roaming ticket

There is opportunity to purchase a free roaming ticket at £5 per person, for re-entry between 2-2.30pm on the day of your booking. It is also possible, depending on availability, to book a curator-led tour for £25 per person.

Private Hire

Why not extend your visit to Strawberry Hill House and after your tour of the lost treasures make your trip into a truly memorable occasion.

There are many options available for private hire throughout the exhibition, whether that’s in our beautiful Strawberry Hill Pavilion adjacent to the house, our Garden Café or Horace Walpole’s prestigious Red Bedchamber. Whatever your requirements and numbers, our team can offer private dining on an informal and formal basis, light lunches and much more.

You can read more about our exhibition hire packages in our Private Hire Brochure.

Private Hire Brochure.

If you are interested in finding out more information then please contact the Private Hire team on: exhibitionhire@strawberryhillhouse.org.uk or call 020 8744 1241

“We are delighted to support this extraordinary initiative, second only to the magnificent restoration of Strawberry Hill House itself”

Nicole L. Bouché, W. S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director, The Lewis Walpole Library



The Treasure Hunt

Co-Curator, Dr Silvia Davoli and Michael Snodin, Hon Curator and Chair of Strawberry Hill Collection Trust, have undertaken a major treasure hunt for Walpole’s collection, which has led to the discovery of Walpole objects across the world. To date, 200 more objects have been found in public museums and private collections from London to New York to Moscow. In many cases the owners were unaware of the Strawberry Hill provenance. Discoveries include renaissance paintings and drawings, works by Rubens and Van Dyck, an ancient Roman fresco and a sarcophagus. There are many significant objects still at large and the search continues with an interactive Treasure Hunt Blog.

Strawberry Hill Treasure Hunt Blog, in partnership with Boodle Hatfield, solicitors.


In association with the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University
Sponsored by J.Stern & Co.

With thanks to our generous supporters

The Foyle Foundation
The Monument Trust
The Ruddock Foundation for the Arts
The Charles Hayward Foundation
Jane Wainwright
Factum Foundation

The Art Law team at Boodle Hatfield LLP
Rothschild Foundation
The Schroder Foundation
James and Lynn Fitzwater
David and Rose Cholmondeley
Alan Baker and Susan Darling
Nicholas and Judith Goodison
The Daniel Katz Gallery, London
Alexandra Kingston
The Mandarin Trust
Stuart Lochhead Sculpture
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Benappi Fine Art
Galerie J. Kugel Paris 

Tomasso Brothers Fine Art
Lord Waldegrave of North Hill
Mary and Ted Wendell
Art Fund
The Loveday Charitable Trust
Hugh and Catherine Stevenson

Maurice and Catherine Parry-Wingfield
Nicholas Barber CBE
Peter Goodwin
Charles Henderson
Catherine Porteous
Chris Sumner
The Stephen Clark Charitable Settlement 1965
Maurice Bennett
Ellen A Michelson
Louise Humphrey
Carole Patey
Sue Prickett
John Reeve and Cathy Rostas
And those who wish to remain anonymous

Catalogue Sponsors

Paul Mellon Centre
James Stourton
Anna Chalcraft

Strawberry Hill App

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant 

Exhibition Partners

Fortnum & Mason
Stadium Support
Robinson Home Studio
The Lensbury

The Wimbledon Print Company

If you would like to learn more about our supporter and sponsorship opportunities for this monumental exhibition, please contact: enquiry@strawberryhillhouse.org.uk


“This exhibition will provide a unique and unparalleled opportunity to see Walpole’s objects in the glorious and atmospheric settings at Strawberry Hill that he created to receive them”

Michael Snodin, Chair of Strawberry Hill Collection Trust



Image credits: 

Portrait of the Ladies Waldegrave, Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), 1780-81, oil on canvas, 143 x 16 8.3 cm © The Ladies Waldegrave, Sir Joshua Reynolds, National Galleries of Scotland. Edinburgh. Purchased with the aid of The Cowan Smith Bequest and the Art Fund 1952.

Hunting Horn, Léonard Limousin (c.1505-c.1575/7), 1538, copper, painted enamel and cow’s horn, 30.5 cm length, Private Collection © Private Collection UK

Portrait of a young man as a shepherd (portrait of Abraham Cowley) Peter Lely (1618-1680), oil on canvas, 91.4 x 75.6 cm, The Dulwich Picture Gallery, London (DPG563/1911) © By Permission of Dulwich Picture Gallery, London.

Johann Heinrich Müntz, ‘Strawberry Hill’ c. 1755-79.  Courtesy of the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.