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.
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.