William Beckford Esq.r of Fonthill.
Stipple. Platemark: 195 x 130mm. (7¾ x 5"). Trimmed to platemark at sides.
William Thomas Beckford (1760-1844) was an English novelist and eccentric. He is mainly remembered for his Gothic novel 'Vathek', and for his extravagent construction of Fonthill Abbey and Lansdown Tower in Bath. James Wyatt, as the architect, was commissioned to build Fonthill Abbey to house Beckford's own library after purchasing the complete library of Edward Gibbon, and to house his art collection. 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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