Picture perfect at Houghton Hall

Walpole’s magnificent house in Norfolk and a remarkable display of his former art collection

Houghton Hall in Norfolk was built for Robert Walpole, Britain’s first “prime” minister, in the early 18th century. The house and its interiors – designed by William Kent – are impressive, as is Walpole’s prized collection of Old Masters, sold to Russia’s Catherine the Great after his death to pay off huge debts. Now, Walpole’s paintings are back on display in their original setting for the first time in more than 200 years.

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