The fourth Earl of Orford was the youngest son of a famous Whig Prime Minister. Horace Walpole went on a Grand Tour with the poet, Gray, but the quarrelled and parted. Walpole's essay On Modern Gardening (written between 1750 and 1770) is the best and most famous account of the origin and development of the Augustan and Serpentine Styles of garden design. Horace Walpole sees William Kent as the originator of the styles and cites John Milton and Claude Lorraine as the main influences upon Kent. Horace Walpole's 'gothicized' house at Strawberry Hill can be visited.
ï¾ Horace Walpole's essay On Modern Gardening is on the CD.ï¾
Gardens designed by Walpole, Horace