Barber Beaumont, a miniature painter, entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1791, gaining several medals and exhibiting there from 1794 to 1806. His interests then moved towards insurance, and in 1807 he founded the County Fire and Provident life insurance offices in premises designed by himself in Regent Street. In 1816 he established the Provident Institution and Savings Bank in Covent Garden. During the Napoleonic invasion scare he raised a rifle corps and on one occasion had them fire in Hyde Park at a target, which he was himself holding, at a range of 150 yards. G0947 and G0957 are now known to be engravings and are catalogued as P0308 and P0309.