Novelist known for being the author of Vathek. He was also an extremely wealthy art collector who became widely known for his collection.
He inherited around £1 million in cash from his father, William Beckford.
He was a compulsive art collector who often sold works only to buy them back later.
His daughter, Susanna Euphemia, inherited the majority of his art collection.
He was the owner of the painting Philip IV in Brown and Silver, created by famed Spanish painter Diego Velazquez.