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Gilbert Abbott à Beckett

(1811-1856), Comic writer

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

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Born in London, he was the son of a lawyer and belonged to a family claiming descent from Thomas Becket. He edited Figaro in London, was one of the original staff of Punch and a contributor until his death. Beckett was an active journalist on The Times and the Morning Herald, and contributed a series of articles to the Illustrated London News. He also produced around fifty plays, among them dramatised versions of Charles Dickens' shorter stories. His best known works were a series that included titles such as Comic History of England, Comic History of Rome and Comic Blackstone. He was the father of the writer Arthur William Beckett.

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Anthony Durrant

22 November 2020, 18:21

It would appear from his portrait that Mr. Beckett took boxing lessons at school and that his campaign against Mr. Seymour was caused by lingering injuries from those lessons - his own children had perfectly straight noses!