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Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), Poet

Sitter associated with 8 portraits
The poet and novelist Shelley was sent down from Oxford in 1811 for professing his atheism. Believing in individual liberty and the perfection of humanity, he was an uncompromising idealist throughout his short life. Queen Mab (1813), promoting radical social change, was Shelley's first major poem. Later forced to flee his creditors, he and his wife Mary Shelley escaped to Italy in 1818. It was there that he produced some of his best work, including Ode to the West Wind (1819) and Adonais, a pastoral elegy inspired by Keats's death in 1821. Returning from visiting Byron and Leigh Hunt in Pisa, he was drowned in a storm at sea.

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

by Amelia Curran
oil on canvas, 1819
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1234

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

by Alfred Clint, after Amelia Curran, and Edward Ellerker Williams
oil on canvas, (1819)
NPG 1271

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

attributed to Edward William Wyon, after Marianne Leigh Hunt
plaster cast of medallion, (1836)
NPG 2683

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

by Unknown artist
ink and wash, early 19th century
NPG D21669

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr, after Amelia Curran
stipple and line engraving, (1819)
NPG D6851

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; Percy Bysshe Shelley

by George J. Stodart, after a monument by Henry Weekes
stipple engraving, (1853)
NPG D5956

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

by George J. Stodart, after Antoine Philippe, duc de Montpensier
stipple engraving, published 1879
NPG D5955

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

by William Finden, published by Black & Armstrong, after Amelia Curran
stipple and line engraving, (1819)
NPG D14892