Page 4 - Walpole Mayfair

Illustrious
History
Illustrious
Company
G E O R G I A N L O N D O N
The lives of Sir Robert Walpole and Horace Walpole, his youngest son, spanned the 18th
Century during the reigns of the first three Hanoverian Kings. London was undergoing
transformation inanage thatwouldbecome renowned for the eleganceof its architecture,
the wit of its men of letters and the flourishing of the arts and sciences. Immortalised
by the great artists of their day – Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds and Thomas
Lawrence among them–the aristocracy enjoyed a life of privilege and luxury. The custom
of the
Grand Tour
played a key role in informing the tastes of the era. It was a coming-of-
age ritual, whereby young aristocrats and scions of wealthy families – as well as writers,
artists and architects, travelling in somewhat different style – would undertake tours of
Europe to complete their education, with the architectural wonders of Italy
de rigueur
.
A L I F E O F
P R I V I L E G E A N D L U X U R Y