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Delineations of Fonthill and its Abbey


Date: 1823




This work was published to coincide with the opening of Fonthill to the public following the announcement of the impending auction of its treasures by Christie's. This sale was never held, since the entire property was purchased from Beckford by John Farquhar. The text is arranged in the form of a visitor's guide to the house, 'Abbey' and surrounding parkland.

Aquatint engravings by Robert Havell & Son, Dean Wolstenholme, and John Cleghorn; after William Finley and Charles Ferdinand Porden. Line engravings by John Cleghorn, John Charles Varrall, Robert Havell, and Thomas Higham; after John Rutter, Charles Ferdinand Porden, George Cattermole, Stedman Whitwell, and John Martin. Wood engravings by W. Hughes; after A. Harrison, T. Higham, and John Rutter.

Added engraved title page (plate 8): An illustrated history and description of Fonthill Abbey.

Lithographed plan of Fonthill Domain by Benjamin Richard Baker; surveyed by S. Paull.

List of subscribers, p. [119]-127.

xxvi, 127, [1] pages, 13, [1] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 37 cm

Includes an unnumbered fourteenth plate, "South west view of Fonthill Abbey," not named in the list of embellishments.


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Holmes, M. Country house described, p. 104

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Genealogical table "shewing the descent of William Beckford": p. [113-118].

Yale Center for British Art

Publication Information

Publisher: Shaftesbury : The Author ; London : C. Knight



Pages: 192


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ISBN-10: N/A

Date Added: 2019-01-21

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