Horace Walpole   (24 September 1717 –1797) – English man of letters.

NPG 6520,Horatio ('Horace') Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford,by Sir Joshua Reynolds
Joshua Reynolds (1756/57)

He was the first to use the word “serendipity” in the English language in 1754 in a letter to a friend where he explained an unexpected discovery he had made about a painting of Bianca Cappello by Giorgio Vasari.
He coined it by reference to a Persian fairy tale, “The Three Princes of Serendip”, whose heroes “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”

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