William Beckford Esqr.
London published as the Act directs April 19, 1798 by J. Wilkes.
Coloured stipple. Plate 160 x 110mm. 6¼ x 4¼".
William Beckford, Lord Mayor of London (1709-1770). He began his life in the West Indies before being sent to England to be educated from 1723. Following the death of his father in 1735 he returned home to managed the family estates, but in 1747 he returned to England and entered parliament as an MP. He became an alderman in 1752 and held the office of Lord Mayor of the City of London twice in 1762 and 1769. His son was William Thomas Beckford (1760-1844) was was the eccentri English novelist and politician. He was known for building Fonthill Abbey and Lansdown Tower.
See NPG: D14113.
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