Fourth Earl of Orford in Florence - February, 1740

from Letter from Horace Walpole to Richard West, 27 Feb. 1740, pages 90-91:

The end of the Carnival is frantic, bacchanalian; all the morn one makes parties in masque to the shops and coffee-houses, and all the evening to the operas and balls. Then I have danced, good gods! how have I danced! The Italians are fond to a degree of our country dances: Cold and raw they only know by the tune; Blowzybella is almost Italian, and Buttered peas is Pizelli al buro. There are but three days more; but the two last are to have balls all the morning at the fine unfinished palace of the Strozzi; and the Tuesday night a masquerade after supper: they sup first, to eat gras, and not …   more >>
cite as

Fourth Earl of Orford, Letter from Horace Walpole to Richard West, 27 Feb. 1740. In Anita Kermode and Frank Kermode (ed.), The Oxford book of letters (Oxford, 1995), p. 90-91. accessed: 23 May, 2024

location of experience: Florence


Fourth Earl of Orford
patron of the arts, Politician, Writer

Listening to

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Buttered peas
Cold and raw
Pizelli al buro

Experience Information

Date/Time February, 1740
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:19:26 +0100