There are three aspects of exhibitions such as these. There is the show itself, then the afterlife of its catalog (far too heavy to carry around in the galleries), and then the contribution of these two aspects to our understanding of the worlds presented through them. Both projects brought together a considerable body of experts, so the cultural range and scope of the exhibitions and their catalogs are therefore considerable. This review, however, will focus largely upon the architectural and landscape architectural aspects.

The connections between these exhibitions are various, rich, and often unexpected. But their hinge, so to speak, might be the portrait by John Opie (National Portrait Gallery, London) of Mrs. Delany (néée Granville), with its frame contrived by Horace Walpole for Strawberry Hill, which celebrates her work "among Persons of Rank . . . not Artists," in particular...

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