Richard Bentley

(1708—1782) writer and artist

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son of R. Bentley, is remembered as the friend of Horace Walpole and Gray, and made a considerable contribution to the Gothic fantasy of Strawberry Hill. He also illustrated Gray's poems in 1753 with designs described by K. Clark as ‘the most graceful monument to Gothic Rococo’ (The Gothic Revival, 1928). Walpole quarrelled with him in 1761, and Bentley struggled on in London as a playwright and pamphleteer. See also Chute.

Subjects: Literature.

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