In 2008. while consolidating Thayer Cummings Library materials, then-Collections Manager, Tara Vose made the rediscovery of a bound album of selected engravings by prominent English artist, William Hogarth (10 November 1697-26 October 1764).
Not only were the engravings in fine condition overall, the plates are sharp, crisp strikes (indicating little wear and careful inking of the copper plates). Further, the folio is of interest as it includes a price list for the works issued from Hogarth's widow, tallied in guineas.This particular folio dates from 1765, updated in 1763 for patent reasons.
A gift from Mrs. L.B. McCarthy, among the best known are his satirical social commentaries The Harlot's Progress (1731), The Rake's Progress (1735) and Marriage a la Mode (1743-1745). His "modern moral subjects" were commonly displayed in English homes and Hogarth's engravings, along with those of numerous copyists, also made their way to New Englanders walls. These engravings are now displayed in the Chase House at the museum.
NEW & NOTEWORTHY
"Hit the Decks" Self-Guided Garden Tour
Saturday, May 15, 2021; 10 AM - 3 PM
Free and open to the public. Enjoy Strawbery Banke Museum in bloom with a self-guided garden tour during "Historic Homes Day" of Hit the Decks. Start a self-guided tour outside of the TYCO Visitors Center, be greeted by Museum staff, and collect a Visitor's Guide including information on the Museum's historical gardens and landscapes. COVID-19 protocols followed. No parking on site due to a private event. Click here for nearby parking options.
Exploring Portsmouth's Past Guided Tours
Saturday, May 29 - Monday, May 31, 2021; 10 AM - 3 PM
In this 90-minute guided tour, explore four historic houses, meet a costumed roleplayer, and discover how the Puddle Dock Neighborhood evolved in a response to economic, social, political, and cultural challenges and changes.
2021 Historic House Season
Saturday, June 19 - Sunday, October 17, 2021; 10 AM - 5 PM daily.
Strawbery Banke Museum reopens for the season offering visitors the chance to explore over 300+ years of history, from Indigenous history to the present day, in the Puddle Dock neighborhood. Tour historic houses on original foundations, meet costumed roleplayers, watch traditional crafts demonstrations and explore heirloom gardens.