The Hon.ble Horace Walpole.I hope to find my Anecdotes of painting bound for you.____ direct to me at Strawberry Hill, Twickenham. I am sr yr most obliged humble Horace Walpole.
Stipple with facsimile handwriting underneath. Platemark: 175 x 130mm. (6¾ x 5¼"). Large margins.
A portrait of Horace Walpole (1717-1797), in profile to right. Underneath is a facsimile letter and seal of Walpole, from a letter in the possesion of John Thane. The youngest son of the Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole, Horace Walpole was one of the eighteenth century's most famous writers, collectors and socialites. A pioneer of the Gothic taste in art, architecture and literature, he formed an exceptional collection at Strawberry Hill, the 'little Gothic castle' which he designed in Twickenham. Walpole was a great socialite and his collected letters are full of gossip and information about the most fashionable figures of the eighteenth century. He succeeded in 1791 as 4th Earl of Orford.
[Ref: 31695] £130.00