William Meriton Eaton, 2nd Baron Cheylesmore (Biographical details)

William Meriton Eaton, 2nd Baron Cheylesmore (collector; British; Male; 1843 - 1902)

Also known as

Eaton, William Meriton; Cheylesmore

Biography

Bequeathed his collection of 7650 portrait mezzotints and 2675 portraits of Queen Victoria to the BM. See Colvin's report dated 6 February 1903 (which gives the relevant extract from the will), in which he valued the mezzotint collection at £30,000. The bequest was originally in 1896 to go to the National Portrait Gallery, but in 1900 was changed by codicil to go to the British Museum.

Bibliography

Julia Frankau, 'Lord C's mezzotints' in 'The Connoisseur' January 1902, pp.3-13 (with a photograph of him)
S O'Connell in 'Landmarks in Print Collecting', BMP 1996, pp.134-145.
Lugt 445.