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Sir George Beaumont, 1753-1827
Sir George Beaumont was a distinguished collector and amateur painter who was very proud of his association with artists such as Richard Wilson and installed a large stone to commemorate Wilson in the grounds of his country house, Coleorton Hall, Leicestershire. In November 1821, Beaumont made his own oil study of the boulder at Coleorton, which he inscribed 'il. Tempio di Wilsoni' (Sothebys, London, 5 July 2013 (364). Beaumont's landscapes were greatly influenced by Wilson and in 1782, he travelled to Italy following in the footsteps of Wilson (see In the Footsteps of Wilson in Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting by Martin Postle and Robin Simon). On Beaumont's return, Oldfield Bowles presented him with a sketchbook that Wilson had used in Rome.
He owned a number of Wilson works, including D280/0 Italian Sketchbook - Drawings which was sold to the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven in 1963.
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