Dr Caroline Gonda gives LGBTQ+ History Month Talk on Anne Damer for Strawberry Hill House & Garden, Wednesday 24 February

Image credit: Sir Joshua Reynolds RA, 1723–1792, British, Anne Seymour Damer, 1773, Oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Bequest of Mrs. Harry Payne Bingham, B1987.6.1 https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:136

As part of LGBTQ+ History Month, Strawberry Hill House hosts a series of online talks which explore the House, its occupants and our cultural understanding of LGBTQ+ history during the long 18th century.

Anne Damer’s Place in Queer History – Caroline Gonda

Wednesday 24 February, 7pm

Anne Seymour Damer (1748- or 1749-1828) found fame in her lifetime as a sculptor, an extremely unusual occupation for a woman in the eighteenth century. Horace Walpole, her godfather, proudly displayed her sculptures as part of his celebrated collection at Strawberry Hill, and left her the house and its contents in his will.  Damer also had a public reputation as a Sapphist, an eighteenth-century term for a woman who has sexual relations with other women. In this talk for LGBTQ+ History Month, Dr Caroline Gonda explores Anne Damer’s place in queer history, including the queer history of Strawberry Hill.

Link for further information and to book tickets: https://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/whats-on/