1735: Sir Robert Walpole
became the first Prime Minister to move into 10 Downing Street.
WHILE YOU'RE THERE Nearby is Houghton Hall, built in the 1720s for Sir Robert Walpole
, Britain's first Prime Minister.
In 1723 Sir Richard Gough, a landowner from the Calthorpe Estate in Edgbaston persuaded then Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole
to make a donation of PS600 from King George I.
The house was built in the early 1700s by England's first prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole
HOUGHTON HALL was built in the eighteenth century by Sir Robert Walpole
, on the site of his father s earlier home, which he deemed unfit to display the art he had assembled while Paymaster-General serving King George I, then First Lord of the Treasury, succeeding to Chancellor of the Exchequer, and finishing with Prime Minister.
When Sir Robert Walpole
was hoovering up practically every old master that came on the market in the mid-18th century, it wasn't only about bolstering his political clout (well beyond his means, which is why Catherine the Great was able to get almost the whole lot for the Hermitage a generation later).
Overall scarcity has left historians to rely upon the sources most readily available to them: the gossipy tales of John, Lord Hervey; accounts by the supporters of Frederick, Prince of Wales (who disliked and was disliked by his own parents), and the claims of influence made by and in favour of Sir Robert Walpole
, the first Prime Minister.
The Russia Company essentially dictated the terms of the treaty and benefitted from a strong personal relationship between its then governor, Samuel Holden, and Sir Robert Walpole
, the first minister.
Sir Robert Walpole
was also in disagreement with his former brother-in-law Charles, Viscount Townshend, in the late 1720s, a matter which helped lead to the fall of the latter in 1730.
A sequel to the hugely popular The Beggar's Opera by Gay and Pepusch (1728), Polly was a victim of the government crackdown that resulted from the earlier work's satirizing Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole
, the first British PM to take up residence at 10 Downing St.
Here Walpole's oscillation between different types of Father-figures in Otranto, attached quite thoroughly to Horace's own self-division among 'fathers' ranging from Sir Robert Walpole
to Shakespeare to Hamlet's father's ghost, turns out to be based on the contradictory pulls in the discourses of his time and social station between parentage decided by what Foucault calls the pre-modern scheme of 'alliance' and parentage motivated by a later valuing of 'sexuality' as it is redefined in a much more middle-class discourse of power.
Bolingbroke was attainted as a traitor, but was placably restored to his property and inheritance in 1723 during the premiership of Sir Robert Walpole