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William Beckford

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

William Beckford

by John Kirk
1770
1 5/8 in. (42 mm) diameter
NPG 5758


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Obverse: WILLM. BECKFORD. ESQR.
Reverse: THE.ZEALOUS./ADVOCATE.&INVA/RIABLE.PROTECTOR/OF.THE.RIGHTS. PRIV/ILEGES & LIBERTIES/OF THE PEOPLE. and in the exergue: OBIIT.21.JUN. 1770/ANNO.AETATIS./65

This portraitback to top

Commemorating Beckford’s death in 1770; a crude image apparently derived from the anonymous mezzotint of 1769. Kirk produced a second medal in 1773.

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Brown 1980
L. Brown, A Catalogue of British Historical Medals 1760-80: The Accession of George III to the Death of William IV, 1980, no.141.

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Purchased from Noel Warr 1984.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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