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Horace Walpole: An 18th Century Collector with Foresight

Horace Walpole: An 18th Century Collector with Foresight

Horace Walpole (1717-1797), the youngest son of Sir Robert Walpole, Britain’s first Prime Minister, was a gentleman of many talents—antiquarian, politician, writer, historian, social commentator and avid collector (Fig. 1). His passion for collecting art and objects of historical significance started at an early age: when he was

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