Mad, Bad and Dangerous: The Cult of Lord Byron



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

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron
by Richard Westall
1813
NPG 4243

Past exhibition archive
20 November 2002 - 16 February 2003

Porter Gallery

Admission Free

A reinterpretation for a new generation, of the continuing fascination of Lord Byron (1788-1824).

Bringing together over 100 works including paintings, photographs, letters, literary manuscripts, memorabilia and examples of Byronic dress, this exhibition explores how Byron's literary fame and social notoriety was fuelled by the many visual representations of the poet. It also examines his influence on leading figures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries including Oscar Wilde, T.E. Lawrence and W.H Auden as well as the more recent stars of popular culture such as James Dean, Rudolf Valentino and Mick Jagger.

 

A new biography of Byron by Fiona McCarthy is available, priced £25 hardback.