Beckford's Deathbed Portrait purchased by Tower Museum

March 24 2022

Image of Beckford's Deathbed Portrait purchased by Tower Museum

Picture: Beckford's Tower and Museum

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Beckford's Tower and Museum on the edge of Bath have acquired its former owner's rather macabre Deathbed Portrait. The image of William Beckford (1760-1840), painted by Willes Maddox and dated to four years after his death, was purchased by the Bath Preservation Trust and will be put on display next month.

According to the accompanying press release:

The portrait, which has been in the same private collection for many years, is a gilt framed oval picture of William Beckford on his deathbed, surrounded by brass and giltwood decorations that match those used on his coffin.  It was made for Beckford’s daughter, Susan, Duchess of Hamilton following her father’s death in May 1844.

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