Lord Byron(1788-1824), Poet
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron
Sitter in 37 portraits
The poet Byron was famous for his swaggering good looks and his brilliant, reckless personality. The publication of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1812) made him famous overnight. He was also a scathing critic and his Don Juan (1819-24) is the ultimate satire of Regency society. He lived abroad from 1816 in self-imposed exile and became an attraction for English tourists. A lifelong supporter of liberal causes, he joined the Greeks in their fight against Ottoman rule but died of fever in Missolonghi in 1824.
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- Anne Isabella, Lady Byron (wife)
- Frederick George Byron (uncle)
- John Byron (grandfather)
- (Augusta) Ada King (née Byron), Countess of Lovelace (daughter)
- Ralph Gordon Noel King Milbanke, 2nd Earl of Lovelace (grandson)
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