Lot 263: The Fonthill Estate



2015-09-09 13:53:37

Lot 263: The Fonthill Estate. Particulars and Conditions of Sale of the Fonthill Estate, so renowned in Modern History, will include a description of The Pavilion and its Beautiful Park, extensive Manors and Farms, The Splendid Lake, and Luxuriant Woods and Plantations... The whole will be Sold by Auction by Mr. Geoe. Robins at the Auction Mart, opposite the Bank of England, on Thursday, 29th October, 1829, at 12 o'Clock, in three lots, (In consequence of the ill state of Health of the respected Proprietor.), 1829, 8pp., several faint folds, slightly frayed to lower edge (with minor loss of text on first page), slim folio (34 x 24cm/13.5 x 9.5ins), together with A Plan of Fonthill Park and Estate, The Property of George Mortimer, Esqre. To be Sold by Auction, by Mr. George Robins..., 1829, folding plan lithographed by W. Day, hand-coloured in outline to show defining boundaries of the three lots for sale, 51.5 x 40.5cm (20.25 x 16ins), plus two lithographed views by W. Day, one of Fonthill Pavilion, faintly spotted and with vertical fold, 22.5 x 26.5cm (8.75 x 10.5ins) and the other with four views of Fonthill Park ('The Entrance, Gateway & Lodge', 'A View of the Scenery of the American Plantations', 'A Scene in the Alpine Gardens', 'The Boat House'), spotted and slightly stained, split at ends of vertical fold, 23.5 x 32cm (9.5 x 12.5ins). Rare sale particulars relating to George Mortimer's attempt to dispose of part of the Fonthill Estate in the autumn of 1829. Only two locations found: Bodleian Library and Fonthill Estate archives. George Mortimer was the heir of John Farquhar who had purchased Fonthill from William Beckford in 1822, then died shortly after the Abbey's disastrous collapse in 1826. In 1829 George Mortimer offered for sale the eastern part of the estate, which did not include the site of Fonthill Abbey, but did include what was left of Fonthill Splendens (i.e. The Pavilion), Beckford's childhood and young adulthood home. The first two lots (the part of the estate which included The Pavilion, and the factory and surrounding land respectively) were both unsold, although James Morrison eventually acquired the The Pavilion and part of the estate. The third lot (Lawn Farm) was bought by John Benett of Pythouse. (4) Dominic Winter's Printed Books and Maps Auction September 2015 Wednesday, 16th September 2015 Estimate: £300-500
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