Sir George Beaumont

Sir George (Howland) Beaumont (1753-1827) was the leading arbiter of artistic tastes in his day and a major sponsor behind the creation of the National Gallery.

Biography

Beaumont was Tory MP for Bere Alston in Devon between 1790-6. Thereafter he retired from politics to pursue his love of poetry and the fine arts.

Beaumont was a friend of the Lake Poets, especially of William Wordsworth whom he saw as a kindred spirit. He frequently lent Wordworth the use of his farm on his estate at Coleorton. Interestingly, where his interests in poetry were forward-looking, he was opposed to new trends in art.

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