Beau Brummell

(1778—1840) dandy and socialite

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known as ‘Beau’ Brummell. English dandy. Son of Lord North's private secretary, with a reputation for fastidiousness and repartee, he utilized a generous inheritance to become an arbiter of fashion. Supremely self‐centred, he was an intimate friend of George, prince of Wales until royal favour was withdrawn in 1811. Accumulating debt eventually forced retirement to Calais (1816).

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