Horace Walpole

Standard Name: Walpole, Horace
Used Form: Horace Walpole, fourth Earl of Orford


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Cultural formation Thomas Gray
Apart from his abusive father, another vital factor in TG 's life was his homosexuality, which has been freely discussed by scholars only fairly recently. This informed his early friendships with Richard West and Horace Walpole
Dedications Elizabeth, Margravine of Anspach
Lady Craven published for the Author her Modern Anecdote of the Family of Kinkvervankotsdarsprakengotschderns, A Tale for Christmas 1779, a little book no bigger than a silver penny,
Walpole, Horace. The Letters of Horace Walpole. Toynbee, Mrs PagetEditor , Clarendon, 1925.
11: 108
dedicating it to Horace Walpole .
Elizabeth, Margravine of Anspach,. Modern Anecdote of the Ancient Family of the Kinkvervankotsdarsprakengotchderns. 1779.
title-page, prelims
Dedications Ellis Cornelia Knight
ECK published an epistolary historical novel in two volumes called Marcus Flaminius, with a dedication to Horace Walpole , who had recently become Earl of Orford.
Garside, Peter, James Raven, and Rainer Schöwerling, editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press, 2000.
2: 568
OCLC WorldCat.
Dedications Hannah More
HM sent Horace Walpole a copy of her poem Florio, which was dedicated to him.
Walpole, Horace. The Letters of Horace Walpole. Toynbee, Mrs PagetEditor , Clarendon, 1925.
13: 361
Education Thomas Chatterton
As well as a basic school education, the young TC (who had been thought slow as a small child) taught himself an astonishing range of abstruse subjects, mostly historical, by reading in circulating libraries and...
Family and Intimate relationships Mary Robinson
MR 's affairs with the prince and with Fox overlapped with the beginning of what turned out to be her most enduring relationship: with Banastre Tarleton , an army colonel and a pitiless hero in...
Family and Intimate relationships Mary Anne Jevons
Mary Anne was very close to her father, William Roscoe , the historian, writer, patron of the arts, abolitionist and reformer. William began his professional career as a barrister, but retired early. Soon afterwards he...
Family and Intimate relationships Frances Neville, Baroness Abergavenny
FNBA 's father, Thomas Manners , first Earl of Rutland, was one of the peers who tried Anne Boleyn for treason. He went on to hold various distinguished official positions. He died on 20 September...
Family and Intimate relationships Grace Elliott
It was GE 's fairly short-lived affair with Arthur Annesley, Viscount Valentia (later Earl of Mountnorris), which caused her divorce; his was the only name of a lover mentioned during her marriage—as it was in...
Family and Intimate relationships Emily Frederick Clark
EFC 's supposed great-grandfather, allegedly the father of Colonel Frederick, was Theodore Baron von Neuhoff , a German military adventurer who had wide-ranging international experience before supporting the Corsican independence struggle. In April 1736 he...
Family and Intimate relationships Anna Miller
Her mother, born Margaret Pigott , came from a long-established Shropshire family and probably had literary interests, since she was a member of the circle of independent-minded women formed around Sarah Scott and Lady Barbara Montagu
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth, Margravine of Anspach
Elizabeth wrote years later that her mother, Lady Berkeley, born Elizabeth Drax , had in general no love for children.
Elizabeth, Margravine of Anspach,. Memoirs of the Margravine of Anspach. Henry Colburn, 1826.
1: 7
Horace Walpole once wrote of Lady Berkeley that there is nothing as...
Family and Intimate relationships Anne Damer
Her father, Henry Seymour Conway , was an army officer who rose to be Field-Marshal. His distinguished military career was matched by his services to Whig politics. His literary interests made him a friend of...
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Gunning
It was known that Lorne had been in the running before Blandford, who was financially and socially a better catch. Gossips speculated. Love-letters from Blandford, and a letter from the Duke of Marlborough welcoming EG
Family and Intimate relationships Margaret Bingham, Countess Lucan
He was a relation (through his mother) of Agmondesham (or Agmondisham) Vesey , second husband of the bluestocking Elizabeth Vesey . From 1782 he was a member of the Club associated with Samuel Johnson ...


22 October 1741
Horace Walpole reported the vogue for Peg Woffington 's acting, which he thought due not to its quality but to her achievement in clawing her way up from poverty.
18 February 1742
Horace Walpole noted at a masquerade the popularity of Mary Queen of Scots costumes, and those dressed like Van Dyck portraits in vaguely seventeenth-century style.
14 July 1742
Horace Walpole was diverted by the great physical strength of a servant-maid helping to rescue goods in danger of burning in a house fire; he thought it particularly comic that she had the pastoral name...
17 July 1742
At least six women died after being arrested in the streets at night and crammed into a round-house (i.e. a lock-up) in St Martin in the Fields, London.
January 1750
English roads and streets were hotbeds of crime, said Horace Walpole , because of destitute disbanded soldiers and sailors.
3 December 1751
Christopher Smart , as Mrs Mary Midnight, opened his vaudeville and satire act at the Castle Tavern, an act Horace Walpole called the lowest buffoonery in the world.
November 1753
Horace Walpole penned a pornographic poem, The Judgment of Solomon, in which two women dispute the ownership not of a baby but a gigantic phallus (with man attached).
8 August 1757
Thomas Gray published his Two Odes (the Pindarics The Bard and The Progress of Poesy).
22 September 1761
King George III and Queen Charlotte were crowned; Horace Walpole and Thomas Gray each left a vivid account of the occasion, while Catherine Talbot wrote a prose poem about non-attendance, about spending a festal day...
24 December 1764
Horace Walpole published The Castle of Otranto, dedicated to Lady Mary Coke .
24 April 1769
Kitty Clive gave her farewell performance. She had enjoyed great success as a comic actress, and some as a playwright.
15-21 June 1772
A series of London banking firms collapsed after the bank associated with Alexander Fordyce stopped payment; ensuing panic brought the biggest stock-market crash since the South Sea Bubble burst in late 1720.
Richard Payne Knight caused an outcry with his deliberately provocative Account of the Remains of the Worship of Priapus, privately printed but strategically circulated.
18 April 1791
Horace Walpole reported that sedan chairs were dying out as a form of transport: London was now too big.