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Walpole's Treasures and the Russian Arts: an international symposium at Pembroke College

When Sep 11, 2013
from 09:00 AM to 06:30 PM
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Registration is now open for the international symposium ‘Walpole's Treasures and the Russian Arts’, which will take place on 11th September 2013 at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, UK.

Organised in collaboration with the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre, the symposium accompanies the exhibition Houghton Revisited: Masterpieces from the State Hermitage at Houghton Hall, which reassembles for the first time in 200 years Sir Robert Walpole's magnificent collection acquired by Empress Catherine II of Russia in 1778.

The exhibition at Houghton Hall is on view from 17 May to 24 November 2013. For more information, please see:

Please note that entry into the exhibition Houghton Revisited at Houghton Hall is included with registration. All the attendees of the symposium may visit on Tuesday 10th September from 4.30 pm until 6.30pm.

Attendees may come earlier to enjoy the gardens and grounds if they wish, but access to the house will only start at 4.30 pm, when the house will be reserved exclusively for the group. Travel to Houghton Hall will not be provided; full details of how to get there are available at

Walpole PembrokeTo complement the exhibition, ‘Walpole's Treasures and the Russian Arts’ will present new research on the many strengths of Walpole’s collection, as well as on patronage and Anglo-Russian cultural dialogue in the time of Catherine the Great. Speakers will include:

Dr Susanna Avery-Quash, The National Gallery

Dr Rosalind P. Blakesley, University of Cambridge

Mr John Harris, Critic

Mr Christopher Hartop, Independent Scholar

Mr John Laycock, Independent Scholar

Dr Andrew Moore, The Attingham Trust

Dr Thierry Morel, Curator, Houghton Revisited

Dr Tessa Murdoch, Victoria and Albert Museum

Dr Frank Salmon, University of Cambridge

Professor Ann Sutherland-Harris, University of Pittsburgh


For further information on the symposium, please consult the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre website at

 Click here to download the symposium poster.

Click here to download the symposium programme.

Please find attached the registration form. The deadline for registration is 31 August 2013.

If you have any further questions, please email


Dr Rosalind Blakesley

Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

Dr Thierry Morel
Curator, Houghton Revisited