William Beckford Esq.r. Author of Histories of France & Jamaica.
Pub.d by Vernor & Hood, 31 Poultry, May 31, 1799.
Stipple, small margins. Platemark: 160 x 110mm. (6¼ x 4¼").
A silhouette portrait of William Thomas Beckford (1760-1844), English novelist, art critic, travel writer and politician. He was Member of Parliament for Wells from 1784 to 1790. He moved to Bath where he bought many of the houses on Lansdown Crescent and he eventually commissioned architect Henry Goodridge to design the spectactular folly on Lansdown Hill, known as Beckford's Tower. Most of Fonthill Abbey collapsed under the weight of its poorly-built tower in 1825.
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