Fourth Earl of Orford in Schomberg House, Pall Mall, London - late May, 1786, at night

from Letter from Horace Walpole to Sir Horace Mann, 29 May 1786, page 382:

Curiosity carried me to a great concert at Mrs. Cosway’s t’other night—not to hear Rubinelli, who sung one song at the extravagant price of ten guineas, and whom for as many shillings I have heard sing half a dozen at the Opera House; no, but I was curious to see an English Earl [Earl Cowper] who had passed thirty years at Florence, and is more proud of a pinchbeck principality and a paltry Order from Wirtemberg, than he was of being a peer of Great Britain, when Great Britain was something.

cite as

Fourth Earl of Orford, Letter from Horace Walpole to Sir Horace Mann, 29 May 1786. In Mrs. Paget Toynbee (ed.), The Letters of Horace Walpole, Fourth Earl of Orford, volume 13 (Oxford, 1905), p. 382. accessed: 22 June, 2024

location of experience: Schomberg House, Pall Mall, London


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

Listening to

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A song performed by Giovanni Rubinelli

Experience Information

Date/Time late May, 1786, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


Maria Cosway (née Hadfield) (1760–1838), history painter and educationist, organized extremely fashionable concerts for several years following her marriage to the artist Richard Cosway (bap. 1742, d. 1821). The couple moved to Schomberg House, Pall Mall, in 1784.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 20 Aug 2018 18:13:06 +0100
Approved on Thu, 30 Aug 2018 14:26:26 +0100