Horace Walpole

1717 (London) – 1797 (London)

Gray was his schoolfriend; though temperamentally incompatible, they went on the Grand Tour together (Walpole’s pet spaniel was taken by an alpine wolf in broad daylight), and split after a quarrel. Walpole frequented d’Holbach’s intellectual salon in Paris, and called on Pringle and Franklin there too. He met Montagu in Florence and wrote uncomplementarily about her. Adam helped Walpole remodel interiors at Strawberry Hill. Sloane was a correspondent. Chatterton sent some writing to him, asked for help and was rebuffed, causing Walpole much anguish after Chatterton’s untimely death.