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William (Thomas) Beckford
by Frederick Bromley, published by Henry Graves & Co, after Sir Joshua Reynolds Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1862 (1782)
6 7/8 in. x 5 3/4 in. (176 mm x 148 mm) plate size; 8 5/8 in. x 7 3/8 in. (221 mm x 188 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Frederick Bromley (active 1832-1870), Engraver. Artist associated with 26 portraits.
- Henry Graves & Co (active 1844-1899), Publishers. Artist associated with 228 portraits.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
- NPG 5340: William (Thomas) Beckford (after)
The Lancashire cotton famine, a depression in the north-west textile industry brought about by the American civil war, reaches its climax. With large numbers of mills closing after Confederate blockades halted cotton supplies, many Lancashire families were in receipt of relief.
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