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Horace Walpole (1717-1797), Writer and collector

Horatio ('Horace') Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford

Sitter associated with 20 portraits
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. His literary works include the first history of English art, Anecdotes of Painting, 1762, and the Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto, 1764. 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.

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Horace Walpole

by Sir Joshua Reynolds
oil on canvas, circa 1756-1757
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
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Unknown man, formerly known as Horace Walpole

attributed to Nathaniel Hone
oil on canvas, circa 1765
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1161

Horace Walpole

by George Dance
pencil, 1793
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Horace Walpole

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
pencil, 1795
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D5426

Horace Walpole

by D.P. Pariset, after Pierre-Étienne Falconet
stipple engraving, (1768)
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D21326

Horace Walpole

by T. Evans, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, (1795)
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D12113

Horace Walpole

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, published 1 November 1808 (13 July 1793)
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D20115

Horace Walpole

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after William Evans, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 27 November 1811 (1795)
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D3771

Horace Walpole

by Samuel William Reynolds, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1820
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D5425

Horace Walpole

by William Greatbach, after John Giles Eccardt
stipple and line engraving, published 1857
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D5424

Horace Walpole

by William Greatbach, after Johann Heinrich Muntz
stipple and line engraving, published 1858
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D5423

Horace Walpole

after James Macardell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
photogravure, late 19th century (1757)
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Horace Walpole

by James Macardell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (circa 1756-1757)
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D19933

Horace Walpole

by T. Evans, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, (1795)
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D14937

Horace Walpole

by Burnet Reading, published by John Sewell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1797 (1756)
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D18982

Horace Walpole

published by Silvester Harding, and published by Peter Brown, after John Giles Eccardt
stipple engraving, published 15 December 1798 (1754)
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D39369

Horace Walpole

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after William Evans, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 27 November 1811
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D14065

Horace Walpole

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after William Evans, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 27 November 1811 (1795)
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D39370

Frontispiece to Vol I of Lord Orford's Memoires (Horace Walpole)

by Thomson, after Bentley
stipple engraving, circa 1822
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