Percy Bysshe Shelley
1 portrait on display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
Percy Bysshe Shelley
by Amelia Curran
oil on canvas, 1819
23 1/2 in. x 18 3/4 in. (597 mm x 476 mm)
Bequeathed by the sitter's daughter-in-law, Jane, Lady Shelley, 1899
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This portraitback to top
One of the few portraits of the poet, it was painted in Rome by the art student, Amelia Curran. Though begged from her by Mary Shelley after her husband's death, it was not much liked by his friends.
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Linked publicationsback to top
- National Portrait Gallery: 100 Portraits, p. 61
- Audio Guide
- Holmes, Richard, The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2013, p. 101
- Holmes, Richard, Insights: The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2005, p. 82
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 55
- Motion, Andrew (edited), Interrupted Lives: In Literature, 2004, p. 22
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 561
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 127
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 448
- Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantic Icons, 1999, p. 87
Events of 1819back to top
Current affairsPeterloo Massacre leaves eleven dead and four hundred wounded as crowds, gathered to hear radical Henry Hunt call for reform of the House of Commons, are forcibly dispersed.
Six Acts are passed, stiffening the 1795 Treason Act and introducing a tax on the periodical press which was viewed as seditious.
Art and sciencePercy Bysshe Shelley writes Ode to the West Wind during a year of extraordinary creativity in which he also finishes Prometheus Unbound.
Lord Byron publishes his tour-de-force Don Juan; one man's mock-epic odyssey through a world without fixed principles.
First ship with a steam engine crosses the Atlantic in twenty-eight days.
InternationalThomas Jefferson establishes the University of Virginia.
Royal Navy anti-slave squadron is set up to patrol the West African coastline.
French physician Rene Laennac invents the stethoscope.