Horace Walpole
(1717-1797)

Died aged c. 80

Horatio Walpole (/ˈwɔːlpoʊl/), 4th Earl of Orford (24 September 1717 – 2 March 1797), better known as Horace Walpole, was an English writer, art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and Whig politician. 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 the first Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto (1764), and his Letters, which are of significant social and political interest. They have been published by Yale University Press in 48 volumes. In 2017, a volume of Walpole's selected letters was published. The youngest son of the first British Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford, he became the 4th and last Earl of Orford of the second creation on his nephew's death in 1791.

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Sir Robert Walpole 1676-1745 Prime Minister and his son Horace Walpole 1717-1797 connoisseur and man of letters lived here

5 Arlington Street, Westminster, SW1 1RA, London, United Kingdom where they lived

Horace Walpole 1717-1797 man of letters lived here

Strawberry Hill House, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, London, United Kingdom where they lived

Horace Walpole stayed here 1766

Chapel Court, St John's Hospital, Bath, United Kingdom where they stayed