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George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, by Richard Westall, 1813 - NPG 4243 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron

by Richard Westall
oil on canvas, 1813
36 in. x 28 in. (914 mm x 711 mm)
Purchased, 1961
Primary Collection
NPG 4243

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  • Richard Westall (1765-1836), History painter. Artist associated with 13 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.

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A legend in his own lifetime throughout Europe, Byron was famous for his good looks and his brilliant, reckless personality. A poet of travel and romance, and a scintillating satirist, he lived abroad from 1816 in self-imposed exile and died of fever at Missolonghi where he had joined the Greeks in their fight against Turkish rule. This profile portrait by Richard Westall was painted when Byron was twenty-five; he died eight years later.

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  • NPG 1047: George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (source portrait)
  • NPG D32520: George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (source portrait)
  • NPG D32519: George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (source portrait)
  • NPG D7811: George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (source portrait)
  • NPG D2831: George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (source portrait)

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