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The Unexpected Jewish Past of Strawberry Hill House

Booking until 5 September 2021

Strawberry Hill House - Credit Kilian O'Sullivan

As part of the events and activities celebrating the European Jewish Days of Culture Festival (Sunday 5 September 2021), Strawberry Hill House has a free-to-see online exhibition exploring the lives of two of the historic west London villa’s former owners: Frances, Countess Waldegrave (1821-1879) and Herbert Stern, 1st Baron Michelham (1851-1919). There will also be two loans to the house from private collections – the Grant of Arms to John Braham (1817) and the Louis William Desanges painting, Strawberry Hill: The Drawing Room (1865).

As visitors will discover in Strawberry Hill’s comprehensive online exhibition - the House’s Jewish owners brought it back to the centre of the social and artistic milieu of their respective eras.

Through a variety of images and objects, online visitors can explore the aspects of Jewish culture that characterised the lives of Lady Waldegrave and the Stern Family. With themes including family ties, cosmopolitanism, art patronage, social status, religious identity and anti-Semitism.

Strawberry Hill House Curator, Silvia Davoli says: “Our collaboration with the Jewish Country Houses Project has led me to develop a more in-depth documentary research on Lady Waldegrave and the Sterns. With this exhibition my hope is to engage our visitors with a new exciting dimension of the history of the house, a story full of surprises and yet to be told!”

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