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Sir George Beaumont
(b Great Dunmow, Essex, 6 Nov. 1753; d Coleorton Hall, Leicestershire, 7 Feb. 1827). English collector, connoisseur, and amateur painter, the friend of numerous artists and men of letters; his best-known painting, Peele Castle in a Storm (1806, New Walk Mus., Leicester), moved Wordsworth to write a poem. Beaumont was a key figure in the creation of the National Gallery: in 1823 he offered his small but choice collection of pictures to the nation on condition that a suitable building were provided for them, and this encouraged the government to buy the Angerstein collection (the nucleus of the gallery) the following year.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)