© National Portrait Gallery, London
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron
by François Simonau, for Joseph Bouvier, published by Adam Friedel Click on the links below to find out more
lithograph, published February 1825
15 1/4 in. x 9 in. (386 mm x 230 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Joseph Bouvier (active 1839-1888), Painter, draughtsman and lithographer. Artist associated with 6 portraits.
- Adam Friedel (active 1825-1826), Publisher. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
- François Simonau (1783-1859), Painter and lithographer. Artist associated with 2 portraits.
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