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Lord Byron

(1788-1824), Poet

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron

Regency Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 36 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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Lord Byron, by Francis Engleheart, after  William Edward West - NPG D7607

Lord Byron

by Francis Engleheart, after William Edward West
line engraving, published 1827
NPG D7607

Lord Byron, by Robert Graves, after  James Holmes - NPG D32522

Lord Byron

by Robert Graves, after James Holmes
stipple engraving, published 1828
NPG D32522

Lord Byron, possibly by Edmond Morin - NPG D32521

Lord Byron

possibly by Edmond Morin
lithograph, mid 19th century
NPG D32521

Lord Byron, by Richard James Lane, after  Alfred, Count D'Orsay - NPG D45987

Lord Byron

by Richard James Lane, after Alfred, Count D'Orsay
lithograph, (1832)
NPG D45987

Lord Byron, published by Henry Colburn, after  Alfred, Count D'Orsay - NPG D46291

Lord Byron

published by Henry Colburn, after Alfred, Count D'Orsay
stipple engraving, published September 1832 (May 1823)
NPG D46291

Lord Byron, by Charles Warren, published by  John Samuel Murray, after  Thomas Phillips - NPG D20133

Lord Byron

by Charles Warren, published by John Samuel Murray, after Thomas Phillips
line engraving printed on silk, published 31 January 1832
NPG D20133

Lord Byron, by Richard James Lane, printed by  Graf & Soret, published by  Richard Bentley, after  Alfred, Count D'Orsay - NPG D46292

Lord Byron

by Richard James Lane, printed by Graf & Soret, published by Richard Bentley, after Alfred, Count D'Orsay
lithograph, published 2 December 1833 (May 1823)
NPG D46292

Lord Byron, by Henry Thomas Ryall, after  James Holmes - NPG D8821

Lord Byron

by Henry Thomas Ryall, after James Holmes
stipple engraving, published 1835
NPG D8821

Lord Byron, by Robert Graves, after  Thomas Phillips - NPG D32523

Lord Byron

by Robert Graves, after Thomas Phillips
line engraving, published 1836
NPG D32523

Lord Byron, by Edward Francis Finden - NPG D2109

Lord Byron

by Edward Francis Finden
line engraving, published 1838
NPG D2109

Lord Byron, by Frederick Christian Lewis Sr, and by  George Robert Lewis, after  Alfred, Count D'Orsay - NPG D32525

Lord Byron

by Frederick Christian Lewis Sr, and by George Robert Lewis, after Alfred, Count D'Orsay
stipple engraving, published 1845
NPG D32525

Lord Byron ['Byron contemplating the Coliseum (Colosseum)'], by James Tilbitts Willmore, after  William Westall - NPG D32524

Lord Byron ['Byron contemplating the Coliseum (Colosseum)']

by James Tilbitts Willmore, after William Westall
stipple engraving, circa 1850
NPG D32524

Three wax impressions from an intaglio ring (Lord Byron), by Unknown artist - NPG D36105

Three wax impressions from an intaglio ring (Lord Byron)

by Unknown artist
three wax seal impressions on paper, 1915 (before 1824)
NPG D36105

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Lord Byron

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after George Henry Harlow
stipple engraving, published 30 January 1816
NPG D15811

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Lord Byron

by Charles Turner, published by Colnaghi, Son & Co, after William Edward West
mezzotint, published 5 November 1826
NPG D19345

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Lord Byron

by Samuel Freeman, published by Henry Colburn, after Marianne Leigh Hunt
stipple engraving, 1828
NPG D19658

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