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George Watson Taylor

(1771-1841), Plantation owner, collector and MP for Newport, Seaford, East Looe and Devizes

Regency Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 4 portraits
Taylor was a picture collector and an MP.

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George Watson Taylor, by Edward Scriven, after  George Sanders (Saunders) - NPG D40838

George Watson Taylor

by Edward Scriven, after George Sanders (Saunders)
stipple engraving, 1828 (1808)
NPG D40838

George Watson Taylor, by Edward Scriven, after  George Sanders (Saunders) - NPG D16023

George Watson Taylor

by Edward Scriven, after George Sanders (Saunders)
stipple engraving, 1828 (1808)
NPG D16023

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Paul Cook

02 April 2019, 15:13

Legacies of British Slave-ownership:
"a flamboyant and fabulously wealthy Jamaican plantation owner, George Watson Taylor. His fortune, derived from sugar but dependent on slave labour, enabled him to number among his close friends the king, William IV, and to throw extravagant entertainments. But when he failed in his campaign, waged as a Devizes MP, against the abolition of slavery this life-style became unsustainable, and after 1832 Taylor descended into virtual bankruptcy, dying in 1841"

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