Person:William Beckford (1)

William Thomas Beckford
b.1 Oct 1760
d.2 May 1844
  1. William Thomas Beckford1760 - 1844
  1. Susan Euphemia Beckford1786 - 1859
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Name William Thomas Beckford
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1 Oct 1760
Death[1] 2 May 1844
Reference Number? Q361026?

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William Thomas Beckford (1 October 1760 – 2 May 1844) was an English novelist, a profligate and consummately knowledgeable art collector and patron of works of decorative art, a critic, travel writer and sometime politician, reputed at one stage in his life to be the richest commoner in England. His parents were William Beckford and Maria Hamilton, daughter of the Hon. George Hamilton. He was Member of Parliament for Wells from 1784 to 1790, for Hindon from 1790 to 1795 and 1806 to 1820.

He is remembered as the author of the Gothic novel Vathek (1786), the builder of the remarkable lost Fonthill Abbey and Lansdown Tower ("Beckford's Tower"), Bath, and especially for his art collection.

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