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

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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