The poem by Thomas Gray, “Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold-fishes,” was written as her mock epitaph. Here is the true history of the event, and a look at the sparkling social and cultural life of the period.
Author: Christopher Frayling
In February 1747, Selima the tabby fell into a Chinese porcelain tub in Walpole's Mayfair house and never returned to dry land. The poem by Thomas Gray, 'Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold-fishes', was written as her epitaph. Here is the true history of the event, and a look at the sparking social and cultural life of the period. The book is beautifully illustrated with Richard Bentley's original series of designs for the poem,William Blake's wonderful watercolours of some fifty years later, and the unpublished illustrations produced in the 1940s by Kathleen Hale, of Orlando the Cat fame.
76 Catalogue for Shewing the House Strawberry Hill , 1773 – 74 ( Walpole ) , Cat
. ... the Classic Contents of Strawberry Hill Collected by Horace Walpole , 260 ,
262 , 264 ; Cats 269 , 270 Catalogue with illustrations of the Collection of Ancient
Author: Michael Snodin
Horace Walpole (1717-1797), as the youngest son of the powerful Whig minister Robert Walpole, grew up at the center of Georgian society and politics and circulated amongst the elite literary, aesthetic, and intellectual circles of his day. His brilliant letters and writings have made him the best-known commentator on the rich cultural life of 18th-century England. In his own day, he was most famous for his extraordinary collections of rare books and manuscripts, antiquities, paintings, prints and drawings, furniture, ceramics, arms and armor, and curiosities, all displayed at his pioneering Gothic Revival house at Strawberry Hill, on the banks of the Thames at Twickenham. This timely and groundbreaking study of the history and reception of Walpole’s collection as it was formed and arranged at Strawberry Hill coincides with a planned restoration of this endangered house. Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill assembles an international team of distinguished scholars to explore the ways in which Strawberry Hill and its collections engaged with the creation of various and interconnected political, national, dynastic, cultural, and imagined histories.
Horace Walpole. had called yesterday ? Writing the history of Twickenham , and
surrounded with books of peerages to find out who an ancient Lady
Westmoreland was that lived in the back lane here . Think of my joy when I
discovered that ...
Horace Walpole John Wright . does not ... at the wonderful clumsiness and
uncouih nicknames that the Duke has for all his offspring : Mrs. Hopefull , Mrs.
Tiddle , Puss , Cat , and Toe , sound so strange in the middle of a most formal
Horace Walpole. A DESCRIPTION OF STRAWBERRY - HILL . 441 adıninistration
of Sir Robert Walpole . ... On a pedestal stands the large blue and white china tub
in which Mr. Walpole's cat was drowned ; on a label of the pedestal is written ...
Select Passages from His Letters Horace Walpole Leonard Benton Seeley.
Strawberry Hi//. ... In a small cloister, outside the house, stood the blue and white
china bowl, commemorated by Gray, in which Walpole's cat was drowned. On the
Horace Walpole. that court : the town was alarmed t'other morning by the firing of
guns , which proved to be only from a large merchantman come into the river .
The city construed it into the King's return , and the peace broke ; but Chancellor
I have had difficulties to keep my countenance at the wonderful clumsiness and
uncouth nicknames that the Duke [ of Devonshire ] has for all his offspring : Mrs.
Hopeful , Mrs. Tiddle , Puss , Cat , and Toe , sound so strange in the middle of a ...
Horace Walpole. does not go out with her twenty-fifth pregnancy: I shall leave too
more disagreeable Ranelagh, which is so crowded, that going there t'other night
in a string of coaches we had a stop of six-and-thirty minutes. Princess Emily ...
Now First Collected Horace Walpole ... at the wonderful clumsiness and uncouth
nicknames that the duke has for all his offspring : Mrs. Hopefull , Mrs. Tiddle ,
Puss , Cat , and Toe , sound so strange in the middle of a most formal banquet !
Horace Walpole, George Robins ... wood pedestal 32 The celebrated large blue
and white ORIENTAL CHINA CISTERN , on Gothic carved pedestal , in which HORACE WALPOLE's cat was drowned , this gave occasion to Mr. Gray , the
Author: Horace Walpole (4th earl of Orford.)Publish On: 1859
Horace Walpole (4th earl of Orford.) Peter Cunningham. say she plays better than
Orpheus ; but as I never ... me the terror of knowing you had a torrent to cross
after heavy rain. No cat is so afraid of water for herself, as I am grown to be for
THE ODE ON WALPOLE'S CAT . TO HORACE WALPOLE . CAMBRIDGE , March
1 , 1747 . As one ought to be particularly careful to avoid blunders in a
compliment of condolence , it would be a sensible satisfaction to me ( before I
testify my ...
Horace Walpole. abundantly , unless Foote's last new piece ' blows us up . He
has introduced the Learned Society in Chancery - lane , sitting as they really did ,
on Whittington and his Cat ; and as I do not love to be answerable for any ...
The cat belonged to Horace Walpole . He was the son of the great Sir Robert Walpole , and lived at Strawberry Hill , a place which he had filled with curiosities
of all sorts ; so that it was a show and a wonder to his friends in London . He was
Author: Charlotte Mary Yonge
Publisher: London : M. Ward ; Belfast : Royal Ulster Works
A slightly 35 HW , A Description of the Villa of modified version , engraved for D.
1784 ( Cat . 41 ) Horace Walpole ... at Strawberry Hill , SH is in the LWL ( W. S.
Lewis , Rescuing Horace Walpole 1978 p 93 ) . Small 4o A later copy containing
Author: Robert Wyndham Ketton-CremerPublish On: 1940
... on the Death of a Favourite Cat formed even more appropriate material for his
wild fancy and fertile invention of detail . ... Walpole ' s cat - cats dressed as
mandarins , cats mourning poor Selima in hatbands and scarves , Destiny cutting
Even at the close of his trifling of the French authors Grosset and life he was able
to read the recently Piron , whose influence is seen in the poem published novel
of " Paul Clifford " with which immortalised Horace Walpole's cat , undiminished ...