Beau Brummell


After the British dandy George Bryan Brummell (London 1778 Caen 1840).

Brummell studied at Oxford, inherited a fortune in 1799 and plunged into London society life. His perfect but never exaggerated clothing was famous. He was friends with the Prince of Wales, later King George IV, but fell out with him in 1811.

He became addicted to gambling and had to flee to France in 1816 to escape his creditors.

He lived very modestly above a bookshop in Calais and was appointed consul in Caen in 1830, a job that was abolished in 1832. He suffered two heart attacks in quick succession and his landlord from Calais had him thrown into prison for debt.

After three months he was released, but even then he turned out to be mentally ill. The house Bon Sauveur for the mentally ill in Caen provided shelter for the 60-year-old dandy who had fallen into disrepair from May 1839. He constantly talked to himself and lived in a frantic fear of another prison sentence.

He died a few months later, on March 30, 1840, in the greatest poverty.