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William Beechey

Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Burford, Oxfordshire, UK
Death: January 28, 1839 (85)
Hampstead, Middlesex, England
Immediate Family:

Son of William Beechey and Hannah Read
Husband of Anne Beechey and Anne Phyllis Beechey
Father of Richard Brydges Beechey; Anne Phyllis Spencer; Frederick William Beechey; George Duncan Beechey; Anna Dodsworth Beechey and 4 others

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About Sir William Beechey

Sir William Beechey

Sir William Beechey (12 December 1753 – 28 January 1839), English portrait-painter, born at Burford, Oxfordshire.

He was originally meant for a conveyancer, but a strong love for painting induced him to become a pupil at the Royal Academy in 1772. Some of his smaller portraits gained him considerable reputation; he began to be employed by the nobility, and in 1793 became associate of the Royal Academy. In the same year he was made portrait-painter to Queen Charlotte. His work has been described as relatively sober.

He painted the portraits of the members of the royal family, and of nearly all the most famous or fashionable persons of the time. What is considered his finest production is a review of cavalry, a large composition in the foreground of which he introduced portraits of George III, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York, surrounded by a brilliant staff on horseback. Among his portraits were those of Lord Nelson, John Kemble, and Sarah Siddons

George III and the Prince of Wales reviewing troops was painted in 1798, and obtained for the artist the honour of knighthood, and his election as RA (member of the Academy). This painting was destroyed in the 1992 Windsor Castle

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Sir William Beechey's Timeline

December 12, 1753
Burford, Oxfordshire, UK
Age 40
London, UK
February 17, 1796
Age 42
London, UK
October 20, 1798
Age 44
London, UK
Age 46
Harley Street, London,England
August 3, 1801
Age 47
London, UK
August 3, 1801
Age 47
London, UK
June 24, 1803
Age 49
August 7, 1806
Age 52
Cavendish Square, London, England
May 17, 1808
Age 54
Harley Street, London,England