James Gillray: Presages of the Millennium, 1795


The Walpole Society was founded in 1911. It is named after Horace Walpole, the earliest historian of British art, and has for more than a century stood at the centre of the study of British art. It is a charity that has a single purpose: to publish the fundamental documents on which the history of British art is based. It receives no public funding, and depends on the support and subscriptions of its members. Every year it produces a hardback volume with high editorial and production standards that is distributed to its members.

Previously published volumes

Recent volumes have contained the travel diaries of Sir Charles Eastlake, the great Victorian director of the National Gallery, and a biographical dictionary of London Painters, 1547-1625.

Forthcoming volumes

The volume for 2015 will contain a collection of documents on British travellers to Spain and their interest in Spanish painting. The travel journals of Maria and Augustus Callcott of 1827-28 will be the subject for 2016, while in 2017 we shall publish the correspondence between Charles Fairfax Murray, Frederic Burton and Wilhelm Bode in the late nineteenth century. A full list of the 75 volumes so far published is on the Society’s website. Most volumes are still in print, and members are able to buy them at preferential rates. The Society’s web pages also contain a valuable listing of other freely accessible websites of many kinds that are useful for the study of British art, and gives direct links to them.

The future of the Walpole Society depends on continuing to attract new members, and for this reason the Society is offering an introductory membership for students for three years at the greatly reduced rate of £25 (normally it is £45), or $50 or €40. It hopes in this way to make the Society better known, and to encourage a younger generation to support the study of British art and later to become full members of the Society. There are numerous important documents that still await publication, and the Society is as relevant today as when it was founded a century ago. We hope that you may be able to support this important work. Please download and sign the application form and standing order, and return it by post to The Walpole Society, Department of Prints & Drawings, The British Museum, London WC1B 3DG. Enquiries may be sent to secretary@walpolesociety.org.uk.

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