Ædes Walpolianæ: Or, A Description Of The Collection of Pictures At Houghton-Hall in Norfolk, The Seat of the Right Honourable Sir Robert Walpole, Earl of Orford. The Second Edition with Additions. [Epigraph from Prior]
RA Collection: Book
Headpieces are unsigned.
The printer is named in the colophon: 'Printed by John Hughs, near Lincoln's-Inn-Fields.'
The work is dedicated (1743) by Horace Walpole to his father, Lord Orford.
A.T. Hazen, A bibliography of Horace Walpole (1948).
L. Dukelskaya and A. Moore, A capital collection: Houghton Hall and the Hermitage [exhibition catalogue] (2002).
A. Moore, ed., Houghton Hall: the Prime Minister, the Empress and the heritage (1996).
D. Sutton, 'Aspects of British collecting, I:iv: the age of Sir Robert Walpole', in Apollo, 114 (1981), p.328-39.
Robert Walpole's collection of pictures included works by Maratti, Poussin, Guido Reni and Van Dyck, and Velazquez's portrait of Pope Innocent X. After his death it was dispersed in three sales, in 1748, 1751 and 1779; and many works from the 1779 sale were bought by the Empress Catherine II of Russia.
The plates are captioned and show: (frontis.) portrait of 'Sr. Robert Walpole Earl Of Orford 1744';  'Plan of the Principal floor';  'Ground plan';  'East Front';  'West Front';  portrait of 'Catherine Lady Walpole'.
A handwritten note in ink has been attached to the front pasteedown with sealing tape; which reads, '28 Golden Square, London, W. 10 November 1896. My dear Sir, My intention had been to leave the two Catalogues by my Will but possibly they are safer in your Library. At all events it secures them. I therefore have much pleasure in sending them herewith and if the Council of the Royal Academy will accept them it will give me much pleasure. I remain, Yours faithfully Frank Richardson. William F. Yeames Esq'. (W.F. Yeames R.A. was Librarian o the Royal Academy from July 1896 to November 1911.)
The title-page is inscribed in ink, 'Wm. Morland'.
To the verso of the title-page has been pasted a card inscribed in ink, 'Sir Joshua Reynolds'.
In the margins alongside the descriptions of several pictures a price in sterling has been inscribed in ink.
At the foot of p.96 is a seven-line annotation in black ink, scratched through in black ink.
Name as Subject
Collections - Great Britain - Norfolk - Houghton Hall - 18th century
Architecture - Country houses - Great Britain - Norfolk - Houghton Hall - 18th century
Catalogues - Great Britain - 18th century
Plans - Elevations - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century
Christian Frederick Zincke, source artist
George Vertue, draughtsman, engraver
Thomas Ripley, source artist
John Hughs, printer
Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA, previous owner
Wm. Morland, previous owner
James Colyear Dawkins, previous owner
Frank Richardson, previous owner, donor