Free Lecture

Houghton Revisited: The Walpole Masterpieces from Catherine the Great's Hermitage

Survey the art collection of Britain's first prime minister Sir Robert Walpole, which was sold to Catherine the Great of Russia in 1779. This collection includes paintings by Van Dyck, Poussin, Rubens, and Rembrandt, and was one of the most famous in eighteenth-century Europe. Find out about the Walpole Collection's impending journey from the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia—where it has been located for over two hundred years—back to Houghton Hall, the Walpole ancestral home in Norfolk, England. Introduction by David, Marquess of Cholmondeley.

Assistive listening devices are available from the ushers.Assistive listening devices are available from the ushers.

Free with Museum admission

See more in Free Lectures, For Visitors with Hearing Loss

A Nenbutsu Gathering at Ichiya, Kyoto, from the Illustrated Biography of the Monk Ippen and His Disciple Ta'a (Yugyô Shônin engi-e) (detail), late 14th century | 1975.268.35

Gain insight into the Museum, its exhibitions, and its projects through engaging afternoon programs organized around specific themes.

Hearing Loss icons

The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium and the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education are equipped with infrared sound enhancement systems (with headsets and neck loops). To obtain a headset or neck loop please ask an usher. Headsets and neck loops are available free of charge with identification. Real-time captioning is also available upon request.