The first four volumes (1995-1998) of The Beckford Journal are now available online as digital PDF files. Please note these are large files, ~40Mb each. Vol 1: 1995, Vol 2: 1996, Vol 3: 1997, Vol 4: 1998. If you find these volumes interesting, please join the society to receive The Beckford Journal each year! In the future, we will providing society members with access to digital back copies of all 23 journal volumes.
The Beckford Society is pleased to announce a new society publication, News From the Tower, which reprints The Beckford Tower Trust Newsletter 1980-1994, published to provide information about the activities of the Beckford Tower Trust and articles relating to William Beckford. More information and an order form are available.
Hobnob Press has recently brought out a new edition of Beckford’s Biographical Memoirs of Extraordinary Painters with an introduction, annotations, illustrations and bibliography by Robert J. Gemmett. Click here to see a leaflet with more details of the new edition.
The grounds of Old Fonthill Abbey will be open to the public on Sundays 6th and 20th May.
Visitors will be able to follow marked paths around the woodland and Bitham Lake.
The openings are in aid of Parkinsons UK and local charities.
Further information is available in this poster.
Sotheby’s are selling in London on 8th December, Lot 197, Romney’s ‘The Indian Woman, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ which Beckford bought for 300 guineas from the artist in 1797. It was sold at the Fonthill Splendens sale in 1807, and last appeared at auction in 1964, when bought by Sabin for 240 guineas.