Beau Brummell


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

Brummell, Beau

(George Bryan Brummell) (brŭm`əl), 1778–1840, English dandy and wit. Brummell was greatly admired for his fastidious appearance and confident manner. He was an intimate of the prince regent (later George IV), and as such influenced men of society to wear dark, simply cut clothes and elaborate neckwear. He is also credited with having set the fashion for trousers rather than breeches. Having quarreled with the prince, and deeply in debt from gambling, Brummell fled to France, where, ironically, he lived for 14 years in poverty and squalor. He died insane in a hospital at Caen.

Bibliography

See biographies by H. Cole (1977).

Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Este ser para si mesmo e uma suprema forma de seducao que consuma as estrategias ja utilizadas por Beau Brummell, e atraves das quais a seducao e uma forma de captar, de aspirar para si, o ser do outro.
9) He is, in the words that James Laver used of Beau Brummell, "a narcissist pur sang, a man who loved only himself" (33).
Quiz of the Day ANSWERS: 1 Flora MacDonald; 2 A breed of sheepdog; 3 South Dakota and Nebraska; 4 Taramasalata; 5 A group of essays to honour an important scholar; 6 Madagascar; 7 Rock & Chips; 8 Denmark; 9 Falconry; 10 Beau Brummell.
The first part was for posh people and carriages and processions and the second was a day for the working man, with not a trace of the foppish Beau Brummell, very much 'after the Lord Mayor's Show', with the main attractions being the Fern Hill Stakes, the Churchill Stakes and the opportunity to laugh at those foolish parvenus who turned up in full morning dress for no good reason.
1790 Beau Brummell, a friend of the Prince Regent, decreed gentlemen should wear waisted black coats and white cravats with pantaloons.
Yet, in Georgian times, under the likes of Beau Nash and Beau Brummell, they provided raucous fun for the landed gentry and the Damien Hirsts and Kate Mosses of the day.
The Voice of Gender in the "World of Goods: Beau Brummell and the Cunning of Present Gender Symbolism.
The book on Castiglione, for example, leads to the honnete homme of eighteenth-century France and on via Beau Brummell and Lord Chesterfield to Wilde and Yeats, while the Louis XIV book ends with some provocative parallels with (among others) Mussolini and Lyndon Johnson.
TV roles have included major hits like Inspector Morse, Bleak House, Fields of Gold, Sherlock, North Square, Rose and Malony, White Teeth, Doctor Who and Beau Brummell, and he is also an accomplished director.
The final year fashion student took her inspiration from outfits worn by turn of the century fashion conscious male celebrities such as Oscar Wilde and Beau Brummell.
The globetrotting Nicky Henderson was at Musselburgh yesterday, and although Lambourn's answer to Beau Brummell has said he won't be dropping in at Wolverhampton on the way back from Jockland, lo and behold the master jumps trainer has a runner in the 1m4f maiden (5.
Certainly, we were in need of help, when trendsetters like Beau Brummell whinged: "It's not true that I don't eat vegetables.