"Sir George Beaumont, 1753-1827, was one of the best-known patrons of art and letters in his own lifetime, and was himself an amateur painter of some distinction. His friendship with Wordsworth and Coleridge, with J.R. Cozens, B.R. Haydon, David Wilkie and John Constable - among many others - make an illuminating study of the changing tastes of an age, and of the close links between literature, painting and the art of landscape. His life bridges the period from the close of the high eighteenth century to the first foreshadowings of Victorian England. No one has yet paid tribute to the man whose vision and enthusiasm led to the founding of the National Gallery, and whose generous gift of his own superb pictures was the nucleus of its collection. Regency Patron attempts to pay a little of the debt. It is not an exhaustive biography, but a study of personal relationships, which may give the reader some idea of a fascinating period in literature and art, and in which the specialist in either may perhaps find some interesting byways."
Book in very good condition with some wear the dust jacket.