A member of the Beresford family headed by the Marquess of Waterford and the third of five children, he was the son of Major Henry Marcus Beresford (1835–1895) and Julia Ellen Maunsell (d. 1923). His paternal grandfather was the Most Reverend Marcus Beresford, Archbishop of Armagh, youngest son of the Right Reverend George Beresford, Bishop of Kilmore, second son of John Beresford, second son of Marcus Beresford, 1st Earl of Tyrone.
Beresford was sent to Westward Ho! in 1877 and attended the United Services College. On leaving in 1882 he enrolled at the Royal Indian Engineering College at Cooper's Hill, and from there went to India in 1882 as a civil engineer in the Public Works Department. After four years he contracted malaria and returned to England to study art, eventually exhibiting at the Royal Academy.
Between 1902 and 1932 he worked from a studio in Knightsbridge at 20 Yeoman's Row, Brompton Road. Here he produced platinotype portraits of writers, artists and politicians who were celebrities of the time. His images were used in publications such as The World's Work, The Sketch, The Tatler and The Illustrated London News. He donated substantially to the Red Cross in World War I. In his later years he became an antique dealer. In 1943 the National Portrait Gallery acquired some of his negatives and prints from his former secretary.
Beresford was a close friend of Augustus John and Sir William Orpen, another Irishman – they produced a number of images of each other. Kipling's character M'Turk in Stalky & Co. was based on Beresford, whose autobiography Schooldays with Kipling appeared in 1936.
Major Henry Marcus Beresford (2 March 1835 – 5 February 1895) and Julia Ellen Maunsell (died 13 October 1923) were married on 10 April 1861. Their children were:
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George Beresford may refer to:
George Beresford (bishop) (1765–1841), Bishop of Kilmore and Ardagh
George Beresford (1831–1906), MP for Armagh, grandson of the above
George Beresford (1811–73), MP for Athlone 1841–42
George Beresford, 1st Marquess of Waterford (1735–1800), Irish peer
Lord George Beresford (1781–1839), politician, son of the above
George Charles Beresford (1864–1938), studio photographer
George Beresford (priest) (died 1842), Provost of Tuam