Horace Walpole
(1717-1797)

Died aged c. 80

Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford (24 September 1717 – 2 March 1797) — also known as Horace Walpole — was an English 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 his Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto (1764) and his Letters, which are of significant social and political interest. He was the son of the first British Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole. As he was childless, his barony descended to his cousin of the same surname, who was created the new Earl of Orford.

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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