Using the privilege of great wealth, the British collector William Beckford, 1760- 1844, amassed one of the finest private collections of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He had an uncanny eye for quality and an endless passion for the fine arts, the decorative arts and architecture. The scope and diversity of his collecting interests extended from the decorative arts of China, England, France, Greece and Turkey to Old Master and contemporary paintings. His most ambitious project was his fantastic residence Fonthill Abbey set in the wooded landscape of his Wiltshire estate.
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