William Beckford spent a lifetime travelling Europe, visiting famous cites and exploring unusual landscapes. Every destination saw new items enter his collection and every journey resulted in new writings and ideas. He recorded these travels in words but also in images, through artists commissioned to travel with him, or sketches in his own had. Pictures and Postcards: Beckford’s Souvenirs explores how Beckford captured his travels at a time before the invention of photography, and how others have recorded their visits to his tower in Bath.
Image: Lake Nemi by John Robert Cozens, c1783-8. © Tate, London 2018