Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Collection
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This item is located in the Great North Bedchamber.

The Beauclerk cabinet
An ebony cabinet

Strawberry Hill ID: sh-000036
Edwards, Edward (British painter, 1738-1806)
Beauclerk, Lady Diana (English Painter and Illustrator, 1734-1808)

Ebony veneer with gilding, oak and mahogonay, composition ornaments, gilt metal mounts, inset with drawings by Lady Diana Beauclerk with numerous inlays of stone, wedgwood, and enamel; reverse painted glass decorations.
127.5 x 48.5 x 40.7 cm
The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

Strawberry Hill History

Location: Great North Bedchamber

1774 Description: In Horace Walpole’s hand in his annotated copy at The Lewis Walpole Library (49 2523): Additions since the Appendix: An Ebony Cabinet ornamented with Drawings by Lady Diana Beauclerc with lapis lazuli, agates, enamels, Wedgwood bas reliefs bronze & other Decorations. The Form was designed by E. Edwards & it was executed in 1784.

1784 Description: Additions…In the Great Bedchamber. An ebony cabinet, ornamented with or moulu, lapis-lazuli, agates, pieces of ancient enamel, bas-reliefs of Wedgwood, and nine capital drawings of a gipsy girl and beautiful children by lady Diana Beauclerc, with other drawings by her; and with strawberries and Mr. Walpole's arms and crest. The design of the cabinet by Mr. E. Edwards, in 1783. (84)

Sale Text: A beautiful ebony and gold cabinet, enriched with 17 rare original drawings by Lady Diana Beauclerc, and medallions studded with precious stones, lapis lazuli, cornelian, agates, &c., and with strawberries, and Mr. Walpole's arms and crest, on gothic stand with gilt border. The cabinet was designed by Mr. E. Edwards expressly for Mr. Walpole, in 1783.

Object History

Provenance: Made for Horace Walpole; 1842, Strawberry Hill Sale, day 16, lot 26, bt. John P. Beavan, Esq., £53.11.0; The collection of Sir Robert Peel; possibly bt from Peel by Edward Cazalet; by descent; 1939, Mrs. Cazalet, Sussex, bt W. S. Lewis, £300; The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

Exhibition History: "A Treasure House in Farmington," Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, 10/15/1999-1/9/2000.
"Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill," Yale Center for British Art, 15 October 2009 - 3 January 2010; Victoria and Albert Museum, 5 March 2010 - 4 July 2010, cat. no. 254.

Bibliography: Mrs Steuart Erskine, Lady Diana Beauclerk, Her Life and Work (London: T. F. Unwin, 1903), 252.
H.A. Tipping, “Strawberry Hill—II, Middlesex,” Country Life (12 July 1924): 62, fig. 13.
HW Corres, 43:378
W.S. Lewis, Collector’s Progress (New York: A.A. Knopf, 1951), 136-37, illustration 13.
Ralph Edwards, The Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture (London: Country Life, 1964), 108, fig. 48.
W. S. Lewis, Rescuing Horace Walpole (New Haven, Yale University Press, 1978), 110-112, [illustrated].
John Cornforth, “The Cowles-Lewis House, Farmington—II,” Country Life (4 May 1978), 1230: illustration 2.
Percy Macquoid and Ralph Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, rev. ed., (Wappingers’ Falls, NY: Antique Collectors’ Club Ltd., 2000, c1954 ), vol. 1, 192, fig. 65.
Hugh Glover, “Two Furnishings from Strawberry Hill: Exploration and Treatment,” Postprints of the wooden artifacts group presented at the 30th annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation, Miami, Florida, June 2002 (Washington, D.C.: American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, 2002): illustrated.