William Beckford 1760-1844: Genius, Romantic, Notoriety
Thu 9th Jun 2022 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
William Beckford, a man of fabulous wealth, intelligence, and daring taste- a parliamentarian and budding diplomat, was among the most brilliant of his generation. A scandal compelled him to exile abroad where in Portugal he fell in love with Gothic which inspired his own design for his vast Fonthill Abbey in Wiltshire and Lansdown tower in Bath There he lived his last years. He was a bibliophile, wrote a novel, and had a formidable art collection. This lecture reviews his wide range of talents, his wit, invention, interests and aesthetics.
Lecturer: Denis Moriarty
Leads cultural tours: music, English festivals, Schubertiade in Austria, Dresden, Vienna, Budapest and Prague; architecture and history, India, America, Egypt, Portugal, Malta, for private parties.