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William BeckfordFirst Prime Minister of the London Empire$
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Perry Gauci

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300166750

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300166750.001.0001

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Coda Reputations

Coda Reputations

(p.195) Coda Reputations
William Beckford

Perry Gauci

Yale University Press

The book concludes with a retelling of the events that occurred after Beckford's death. Amid the outpouring of grief at the death of the City champion, the corporation's decision to erect a monument at the Guildhall promised to give that process public form. A committee of sixteen was duly appointed to oversee the project, and their ranks included close Beckford associates, such as Arthur Beardmore, the Alderman's solicitor. This committee advertised for artists to submit designs, and only two out of seventeen were chosen for the next round—those of John Francis Moore, Beckford's favored sculptor, and Agostino Carlini, a founder member of the recently established Royal Academy. Their designs concentrated on Beckford's civic status, with Moore, the eventual winner, portraying the Alderman in a speechifying pose between grieving representations of London and Trade.

Keywords:   City champion, Arthur Beardmore, John Francis Moore, Agostino Carlini, Royal Academy

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