The Beckford Society

Newsletters

Newsletter Date Link
No. 47 September 2017 PDF
No. 46 March 2017 PDF
No. 45 September 2016 PDF
No. 44 March 2016 PDF
No. 43 September 2015 PDF
No. 42 March 2015 PDF
No. 41 September 2014 PDF
No. 40 March 2014 PDF
No. 39 September 2013 PDF
No. 38 March 2013 PDF
No. 37 September 2012 PDF
No. 36 March 2012 PDF
No. 35 September 2011 PDF
No. 34 April 2011 PDF
No. 33 September 2010 PDF
No. 32 March 2010 PDF

Beckford Journal


The Beckford Journal has been published since 1995 to fulfil the society’s aim of supporting Beckford studies and scholarship. The contents of each volume are listed below.

 

THE BECKFORD JOURNAL

Volume 1 – 1995

KENNETH W GRAHAM
Beckford Round Table: William Beckford and Avant-gardisme

GILLIAN SLADEN
Beckford’s Tower Garden

KENNETH W GRAHAM
Davenda Varma

BRIAN NORTH LEE
Peter Summers

PHILIPPA BISHOP
Settees from Fonthill Splendens

A Letter to Emma Hamilton from Beckford in 1805

ELINOR SHAFFER
Vathek and The Episodes of Vathek – separately, but not together

ERIC DARTON
William Beckford’s Most Popular Literary Work: Vathek

JON MILLINGTON
Beckford’s Pictures now in the National Gallery

JON MILLINGTON
Beckford and Byron

William Bankes’ Account of his Surreptitious Visit to Fonthill

An Early Beckford Story: The State of Innosense

JON MILLINGTON
Popular Tales of the Germans

JON MILLINGTON
Beckford’s Lighting

 

Volume 2 – 1996

ELIZABETH HILLIARD
Marquise de Santa Cruz: Love-Letters to William Beckford. Transcribed and Annotated by Roger Kann

PHILIP HEWAT-JABOOR
An Early Nineteenth Century Dihl and Guerhard Porcelain Cup and Saucer made for William Beckford

GERLOF JANZEN
Beckford’s Manuscript Notes in Two Travel Books from his Own Library

LAURENT CHÂTEL
Back Where it Belongs or Vathek’s French Womb

JON MILLINGTON
Cyrus Redding: Beckford’s First Biographer

MALCOLM JACK
Westphalian Delights

ERIC DARTON
William Beckford and Music 5. The Fonthill Abbey Organ?

JOHN WHITEHEAD
Some French Purchases of William Beckford

MALCOLM JACK
A Response to ‘Vathek and The Episodes of Vathek – separately but not together’ by Elinor Shaffer

JON MILLINGTON
Fonthill after Beckford

JOHN HARDY
A Beckford Bookcase

JOHN HARDY
Candlesticks from Fonthill Abbey

JON MILLINGTON
The Beckford Tower Trust Newsletter; Contents 1980-1994

E. W. CAPPELOW
Beckford’s Tomb and Tower

 

Volume 3 – 1997

PHILIPPA BISHOP
Leslie Theodore Hilliard (1905-1997)

DAVID LONGBOURNE
A Painting of Fonthill Abbey Discovered

J. C. M. NOLAN
“Ah Dear Comet …”: Beckford and the Apocalyptic Art of West and Danby

MALCOLM JACK
Ramalhão: Beckford’s First Sintra House

MARIN LEVY
A Coffer from Lansdown Tower

ADRIAN CRAFT
Subterranean Enlightenment at Fonthill

JON MILLINGTON
Keszthely

PAT MILLINGTON
Rice Pudding à la Vathek

ERIC DARTON
William Beckford and Music: 6 Beckford and Mozart

JON MILLINGTON
Editions of William Beckford’s Works Published since 1967

 

Volume 4 – 1998

SIDNEY BLACKMORE
James Lees-Milne 1908-1997

JAMES LEES-MILNE
Blake and Beckford: A Television Script

JOÃO DE ALMEIDA FLOR
William Beckford: A Portuguese Milord

DICK CLAÉSSON
At a Crossroads: Assessing and Redefining the Beckford Agenda

ERIC DARTON
William Beckford and Religion

J. C. M. NOLAN
The Devotee Glances at the Glorious One

MALCOLM JACK
Monserrate: Beckford’s Second Sintra House

LAURENT CHÂTEL
Grottoes and Grotesques: The Art of Portraiture in Beckford’s Writing

JON MILLINGTON
A Transient Glean

ANDRÉE RUSHTON
The Fonthill Barrier

JON MILLLINGTON
A Reissue of Storer’s Fonthill

 

Volume 5 – 1999

MALCOLM JACK
Composing for Mozart

ROBERT DRAKE
An English Fidalgo. William Beckford: An English Fidalgo. By Malcolm Jack. New York, 1997

DICK CLAÉSSON
‘Sinking Apace into the Bosom of Delusions’ William Beckford’s Earliest Narrative of Travel
An introduction to Fragments of an English Tour

WILLIAM BECKFORD
Fragments of an English Tour

J. C. M. NOLAN
Beckford’s Excursion to the Grande Chartreuse Revised

ERIC DARTON
William Beckford and Music. 7. The Singers

JON MILLINGTON
Beckford’s Marginalia

LAURENT CHÂTEL
The Mole, the Bat and the Fairy or the Sublime Grottoes of ‘Fonthill Splendens’

 

Volume 6 – 2000

HELEN CLIFFORD
Clive Wainwright (1942-1999)

MALCOLM JACK
Portuguese Pilgrims and Irish Seminarians

THEO WILLIAMS
The Restoration of Beckford’s Tower

GERLOF JANZEN
Strange Bedfellows or the Ambivalent Feelings and Attitudes of William Beckford toward Holland and the Dutch

ERIC DARTON
William Beckford and Music.
8. Publication and Performance of His Own Works

JERRY NOLAN
William, Elizabeth & William or Female Impersonation and Radical Satire

FRANK JULIAN GELLI
Borges on Beckford’s Hell

JONATHAN WEIGHTMAN
Staging Beckford: The Theatre of Place and The Theatre of Self

STEPHEN CLARKE
The Troubled Gestation of Britton’s Illustrations of Fonthill

JON MILLINGTON
Nichols’ Historical Notices of Fonthill Abbey

 

Volume 7 – 2001

JERRY NOLAN
Liber Veritatis or Why Has the Child been so Abused?

KENNETH W. GRAHAM
An Introduction to the Broadview edition of Vathek with the Episodes of Vathek

DICK CLAÉSSON
Introduction to ‘Beckford’s letter from Geneva to Lord Thurlow, 22 May 1778′

WILLIAM BECKFORD
Beckford’s letter from Geneva to Lord Thurlow, 22 May 1778

ERIC DARTON
William Beckford: Composing for Mozart by Timothy Mowl

JOHN MILLINGTON
Dramatisations of Vathek: Genlis and After

STEPHEN CLARKE
No More Green Cloth Boardings: The Fastidious Book Collecting of William Beckford

MALCOLM JACK
The Professor of Paederasty

JON MILLINGTON
Engravings of Fonthill

 

Volume 8 – 2002

PHILIPPA BISHOP
Doris Elizabeth Hilliard (1903-2001)

MIRELLA BILLI
Dreams, Walking Thoughts and Incidents: Beckford’s Grand Tour as personal and cultural rite of passage

ALEXANDER MARR
Enchanting Paths of Paradise

PHILIP HEWAT-JABOOR
Creating a Beckford Exhibition

JOHN WILTON-ELY
William Beckford 1760-1844: An Eye for the Magnificent

ARNOLD WILSON
The William Beckford Exhibition at Dulwich

MALCOLM JACK
Deconstructing the Caliph

JON MILLINGTON
When Nelson went in Fonthill Abbey

DIDIER GIRARD
William Beckford and the Gothic Charivari

JERRY NOLAN
Brief Encounter of Beckford and Disraeli, or The Radical Pair of ‘Oriental Voluptuaries’

 

Volume 9 – 2003

SIDNEY BLACKMORE
Sintra: A Glorious Eden. A Review

MICHAEL BRIGGS
Beckford’s Tower: A Reflection on the Past Ten Years

ERIC DARTON
William Beckford and Music.
9. Music in Portugal – 1787

KIRSTEN ELLIOTT
The Missing Islamic Summerhouse

ROBERT J. GEMMETT
An Architect’s View of Fonthill Abbey

WILLIAM HAUPMAN
Beckford, Brandoin, and the Gassner Monument in Zurich

ROBERT IRWIN
An Incident at the Monastery of Alcobaça

JON MILLINGTON
William Gregory’s The Beckford Family

JERRY NOLAN
Fatma Moussa-Mahmoud: Brief Encounter with an Egyptian Beckfordian

STEPHANIE SMITH
Ill-favoured by the Sun: The Orientation of Slavery in William Beckford’s Imagination

LISA WHITE
Sir William Holburne and William Beckford

 

Volume 10 – 2004

RICHARD ALLEN
‘So who is William… ?’

STEPHEN CLARKE
Beckford in Los Angeles

MIKE C.FRASER, DANAË E. BECKFORD STANTON, & JOHN W. FOX
William Beckford’s Paternal Half-siblings and Their Descendants

ROBERT J. GEMMETT
Fonthill and its Abbey: ‘The Haunt of Eager Curiosity’

MALCOLM JACK
Magnificence in Eighteenth-Century Portugal

JON MILLINGTON
Commemorative Medals of Alderman Beckford

STEVE MOORE
Completing the Episode: Clarke Ashton-Smith and The Story of the Princess Zulkaïs and Prince Kalilah

JERRY NOLAN
Redding’s Alps and Beckford’s Pencillings

JOHN WILTON-ELY
A Mind of Fire

 

Volume 11 -2005

JERRY NOLAN
The Myriad-Minded Book Collector

NORMAN KITZ
The Search for a Lost ‘Greek’ Statue

JON MILLINGTON
Henry Venn Lansdown, 1804-1860

AMY FROST
Continuing the Art of Collecting at Beckford’s Tower, Bath

ANRÉE RUSHTON
The Ballad of Fonthill Abbey

LAURENT CHÂTEL
Orientalist Translation, Grafts and Outgrowths: New Perspectives on Beckford’s ‘Complete Works’

JOSEPH FARINGTON
William Beckford in Farington’s Diary

 

Volume 12 – 2006

STEPHEN CLARKE
Fonthill Abbey: A View and a Poem

JERRY NOLAN
Redding’s Recollections of Beckford 1844-1866

KEVIN L. COPE
A Cultural Eruption in the East, Or, The Caliph of Wörlitz’s Volcano Re-Commissioned

SIDNEY BLACKMORE
A Swiss Excursion

MIRELLA BILLI
An Eye for the Beautiful and the Sublime:
Beckford and the Eighteenth-Century Aesthetic

ANDREW FLETCHER
Beckford’s Final Resting Place

BET MCLEOD
Post Mortem – Some Notes

MALCOLM JACK
Millennium Beckford

 

Volume 13 – 2007

STEPHEN CLARKE
The Dispersal of the Collection as Public Spectacle: The Fonthill Abbey Sale of 1822-23 and the Strawberry Hill Sale of 1842

AMY FROST
Big Spender: The Impact on William Beckford of the 1807 Abolition of the Slave Trade

SAMEH SHEHATA
William Beckford’s Debt to Islam: An Orientalist Perspective on Beckford’s Vathek

RICHARD ALLEN
Dreams Revisited

JOHN MILLINGTON
John Rutter’s A Description of Fonthill Abbey and Demesne, 1822

JERRY NOLAN
Beckford in Bath According to ‘H’

Eric Darton (1917-2006)

Horace Walpole on Alderman Beckford

 

Volume 14 – 2008

AMY FROST
’Oh what a scene of desolation!’ A Further Insight into the ruins of Fonthill Abbey

MICHAEL RANSON
Peter Beckford Esquire of Stepleton, Dorset

JON MILLINGTON
The Railings for Beckford’s Tomb

MIKE C.FRASER, DANAË E. BECKFORD STANTON, & JOHN W. FOX
The Rise and Fall of the Beckford Name from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Century

JERRY NOLAN
Three Journeys into the Islamic Orient

JOÂO DE ALMEIDA FLOR
Lisbon History: A Reappraisal

AMY FROST
Theodore Gethyn Williams, MBE, FRICS, 1924-2008

 

Volume 15 – 2009

JERRY NOLAN
Alderman Beckford, Famous Londoner: (On the 300th Anniversary of his Birth)

DICK CLAÉSSON
The ABC of Beckfordiana: A Review

JON MILLINGTON
Compiling the Beckford Bibliography

MALCOLM JACK
Johnson and Beckford: Contrasting Orientalists

AMY FROST
‘This sham university’: Beckford, Goodridge and Queen’s College, Bath

JON MILLINGTON
Beckford, William Jay and Goodridge: Religious Beliefs

TONY SEATON
Beckford and the Tourists: Gothic Performances at Lansdown Tower, Bath

 

Volume 16 – 2010

STEPHEN CLARKE
The Wormsley Beckfords: William Beckford’s Books at the Wormsley Library

JERRRY NOLAN
Beckford & Jamaica Not Through Cruickshank’s Telescope

BRYAN WELCH
Beckford’s Visit to the Escorial Palace and Archangel Gabriel’s Feather

JOHN COATES
The ‘Double-Bind’ in Vathek

MIRELLA BILLI
Italian Beckfordiana: William Beckford in Italy

TONY COOMBES
A Fonthill Childhood: How I became interested in William Beckford

AMY FROST
Beckford’s House of Card: An Analysis of the Fonthill Abbey Model

MIN WOOD
Landscape as Biography: William Beckford’s Fonthill

 

Volume 17 – 2011

DICK CLAÉSSON
Jerry Nolan, Beckford of Lansdown. A Homage for the 250th anniversary of his birth, London: The Agathopolis Company, 2010

ROBERT J GEMMETT
The ‘Fonthill Splendens’ Demolition Sale of 1807

MARIA-JOÂO DE NOGUEIRA FERRÂO VIEIRA CRAIGIE
Gregório Filipe Francisco Franchi (1770-1828) and his Family: Genealogical Notes

MICHAEL RANSON
Fonthill Gifford Church and the Beckford Family

KAZUHIKO YAMAGUCHI
The Poetic Sensibility of an Enfant Terrible: Beckford and the Esemplastic Power of His Imagination

STEPHEN CLARKE
Some New Yet Familiar Views of Fonthill Abbey

JOHN MILES
The Beckford Tower in 1940: A Schoolboy Remembers

MALCOLM JACK
Octávio dos Santos, Espíritos das Luzes, Lisbon: Mundos, 2009

 

Volume 18 – 2012

ERIC RATCLIFF
Beckford, Batsford, and the View from Afar: The Twentieth-Century Rediscovery of Fonthill Abbey and Lansdown Tower

ROBERT J. GEMMETT
The Two Faces of William Beckford

HARRY FORD
Beckford Collected, or How Disraeli Borrowed a Destiny

GERALD LUCKHURST
Here didst thou dwell … William Beckford at Monserrate

 

Volume 19 – 2013

CAROLINE DAKERS
After Beckford: An examination of the connections between James Morrison and Alfred Morrison, two collectors who once owned the Fonthill estate, and their infamous predecessor, William Beckford

MALCOLM JACK
William Beckford, Vathek (Ed. with an intro. & notes by Thomas Keymer, Oxford: Oxford World Classics, 2013) A Review

ROBERT J GEMMETT
Stage and Musical Adaptations of William Beckford’s Vathek

BRYAN WELCH
Why did William Beckford buy Edward Gibbon’s Library?

ERIC RATCLIFF
Henry Goodridge: An Antipodean Footnote

 

Volume 20 – 2014

CHARLES SEBAG-MONTEFIORE
The British as Art Collectors

GEOFFREY BLUM
Chapman’s Caliph, or ‘I Think My Hero Was a Sod’

STEPHEN CLARKE
‘The Almost Innumerable Descents of the Owner and His Late Wife’: William Beckford’s Use of Heraldry at Fonthill Abbey

PIERRE DEGOTT
Beckford’s Tales: Or, the Power of Musick

BET MCLEOD
A Collectors’ Corner: aspects of the Beckford Legacy at Hamilton Palace

 

Volume 21 – 2015

MALCOLM JACK
There formed thy Paradise: William Beckford in Portugal

GERLOF JANZEN
Founding or finding the Beckford Society: Some Reminiscences of a Vice-President

STEPHEN CLARKE
John Martin Robinson. James Wyatt (1746-1813) Architect to George III

STEPHEN LLOYD
Portraits of William Beckford

BET MCLEOD
A Commentary on William Beckford

DIANA BERRY
Anthony Hobson: A Memoir

Beckford Lectures


The Beckford Society’s Annual Lectures 1996-2010 are available in a series of four volumes.
These may be obtained from the Society’s Secretary, or by ordering in the UK at your usual bookshop.

THE BECKFORD SOCIETY ANNUAL LECTURES 1996-1999
Edited by Jon Millington. 2000. 80pp. Paper cover. ISBN 0-9537836-0-X. Price £6.
John Wilton-Ely: Beckford’s Fontill Abbey: A Theatre of the Arts.
Joao de Almeida Flor: Portuguese Tears and Treasures: On Beckford’s Literary Fortune.
William Hauptman: William Beckford as Connoisseur and Collector: Some Remarks from the Art Historical Perspective.
Michel Baridon: From Beckford to Mallarmé: The tradition of L’Art pour l’Art.

THE BECKFORD SOCIETY ANNUAL LECTURES 2000-2003
Edited by Jon Millington. 2004. 88pp. ISBN 0-9537836-2-6. Price £6.
Kevin L. Cope. How Beckford Keeps Making Himself Relevant; Or, Is the Millennium an ‘Incident’?
Edward Chaney. Gibbon, Beckford and the Interpretations of Dreams, Waking Thoughts, and Incidents.
Kenneth W. Graham. Between Restriction and Ostracism: William Beckford’s Rebellious Episodes of Vathek.
Mirella Billi. The Impact of Italy on Beckford’s Taste, Aesthetics and Literary Style.

THE BECKFORD SOCIETY ANNUAL LECTURES 2004-2006
Edited by Richard Allen. 2008. 72pp. Paper cover. ISBN 978-0-9537836-4-9. Price £6.
David Watkin. Thomas Hope, Designer, Collector, Patron: New Links with Beck ford.
Kim Sloan. ‘Amusements of solitude’ and ’talismans of transport’: William Beckford and Landscape Painting in Britain and Abroad.
Rictor Norton. Oddities, Obituaries and Obsessions: Early Nineteenth-Century Scandal and Social History Glimpsed through William Beckford’s Newspaper Cuttings.

THE BECKFORD SOCIETY ANNUAL LECTURES 2007-2010
Edited by Bet McLeod. 2013. 96pp. Paper cover. ISBN 978-0-9537836-5-6. Price £7.
Bet McLeod. Family Connections: from Fonthill Abbey and Bath to Hamilton Palace.
Daniele Niedda. Vathek’s footprints; Beckford’s Entry into the Italian Literary Canon.
Perry Gauci. William Beckford and the City of London.
Peter Sabor. Modern Novel Writing and Azemia; William Beckford and the ‘divine authoress’.

Conversations



CONVERSATIONS WITH BECKFORD reproduces in facsimile original articles from the New Monthly Magazine. The introduction and index of names is by JON MILLINGTON, author of William Beckford: A Bibliography (2008), and founding editor of the Beckford Journal. For more information or to order your copy, please download the order form.

Twitter
RSS