New exhibition: ‘Totally Curious, Ever Inventive’

This month sees the launch of a brand-new exhibition in our Art Gallery and Exhibition Room on the second floor of the house. Introducing ‘Totally Curious, Ever Inventive’, an exciting blend of fine art, design, and typography featuring the work of Berthold and Margaret Wolpe. 

Berthold and Margaret Wolpe

Berthold and Margaret Wolpe were an incredibly creative and inventive couple. They married in 1941; Margaret was a promising young British artist, and Berthold, an artist and designer, was a refugee from Nazi Germany.

Margaret practised the arts of making almost every day of her life, whether she was sculpting, illustrating a book, painting a portrait, or creating jewellery from the most unexpected of materials. Berthold was a master of calligraphy and type
design, a prolific dustjacket artist, and a polymath, with a magpie curiosity
for collecting anything that could fuel his imagination.

Jewellery by Margaret Wolpe

Berthold’s designs for Faber and Faber book covers will be familiar to many. His font ‘Albertus’, designed in 1932, is still in regular use in printed media, television, and street signage. 

Albertus font by Berthold Wolpe, 1932
Albertus font by Berthold Wolpe, 1932

Margaret worked across a range of media, taking commissions from publishers, individuals, and even the National Trust.

Sketch for a book cover by Berthold Wolpe

Open from 15 September to 11 February 2023, ‘Totally Curious, Ever Inventive’ showcases the artistic partnership of this ever-inquisitive couple for the very first time. Make sure not to miss it!