Supporter Event in the Terrace Room at the Royal Automobile Club, London
This relaxed event will be an opportunity for you to meet with other WMF Britain supporters and friends. We will also be joined by Adam Lowe from Factum Arte, a company at the cutting-edge of art and cultural heritage reproduction. WMF Britain’s Executive Director, John Darlington will also be briefly reviewing the past year at WMF and will look ahead to the next 12 months, including anticipation of the 2020 Watch List.
Since featuring on the Watch list in 2004, World Monuments Fund has worked with Strawberry Hill on several campaigns to restore Horace Walpole’s Gothic castle to its sumptuous splendour. In addition to restoration concentrating on the decorative integrity of the building, recent focus has sought to bring back some of the house’s original content. Further to work on the famed collection of renaissance decorative glass, survey and analysis of the papier mâché, stone, stucco and wallpaper layers, as well as extensive archival research, WMF has worked with Factum Arte to create replicas of some of the once great Walpole collection.
Most of this collection was sold in 1842, their departure robbing Strawberry Hill something of its special character. Though impossible to permanently restore the Walpole collection, through working with Factum Arte, world leaders in reproduction, the castle is slowly repopulating its walls and corridors. WMF Britain has supported the reproduction of two paintings by Joshua Reynolds, accurate to within a micron from the original, inclusive of its frames.