Papers of William Beckford, 1787-1811
The papers consist of correspondence, a commonplace book and an agreement for the purchase by Beckford of a house in Lisbon. The papers relate to Beckford's affairs in Jamaica and Portugal.
Language of Materials
English and Portuguese
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. lett. c. 499].
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Full range of shelfmarks:
MSS. Eng. lett. c. 499-501; Eng. misc. e. 1236; Portuguese c. 1
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 12785
Biographical / Historical
William Beckford (1760-1844) was the author of the oriental tale Vathek and of several volumes of travel writings, the builder of Fonthill Abbey, and an important collector of paintings, objets d'art and books. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.
Other Finding Aids
A full description is available in the Library.
The papers were bought by Boyd Alexander in 1968 and 1975, except for MS. Eng. lett. c. 501, which was bequeathed by Charles Robin Hollway to Gerald Wellesley in 1921.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were bequeathed to the Library by Boyd Alexander, 1980.
- Papers of William Beckford, 1787-1811
- Emily Tarrant
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