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John William Polidori (1795-1821), Physician and writer

Sitter in 1 portrait
Author and doctor. He became Byron's travelling physician for some months in 1816. Author of The Vampyre, 1819, a tale which met much acclaim, partly because of the publisher's assertion that the work was by Byron. Unable to meet his gaming debts, Polidori committed suicide in 1821.

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John William Polidori

by F.G. Gainsford
oil on canvas, circa 1816
NPG 991