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