Horace Walpole, nglish art historian and son of the first British Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole

“Men are often capable of greater things than they perform. They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.”

Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford (September 24, 1717 – March 2, 1797) — also known as Horace Walpole — was an English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and Whig politician. He was the son of the first British Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole.

  • He had Strawberry Hill House built in Twickenham, south-west London, reviving the Gothic style some decades before his Victorian successors.
  • His literary reputation rests on his Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto (1764) and his Letters, which are of significant social and political interest.
  • As Horace Walpole was childless, on his death his barony descended to his cousin of the same surname, who was created the new Earl of Orford.

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