- Extended Catalogue Entry
replica by Thomas Phillips
oil on canvas, circa 1835, based on a work of 1813
30 1/8 in. x 25 1/8 in. (765 mm x 639 mm)
Artistback to top
- Thomas Phillips (1770-1845), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 215 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Byron sat to Phillips in 1813 wearing the Albanian costume which he had bought four years earlier; the costume is now at Bowood in Wiltshire. The finished portrait met with a mixed reception but the essayist and poet Leigh Hunt thought it 'by far the best that has appeared; I mean the best of him at his best time of life, and the most like him in features as well as expression'. This version was painted in about 1835.
Linked publicationsback to top
- National Portrait Gallery: 100 Portraits, p. 57
- Audio Guide
- Alexander, Christine (Christine Anne), Celebrating Charlotte Brontë : transforming life into literature in Jane Eyre, 2016, p. 93
- Cooper, John, Visitor's Guide, 2000, p. 63
- Gibson, Robin, Treasures from the National Portrait Gallery, 1996, p. 83
- Holmes, Richard, The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2013, p. 93
- Holmes, Richard, Insights: The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2005, p. 76
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 57
- John Cooper, National Portrait Gallery Visitor's Guide, 2006, p. 63
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 109
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 109
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 95
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 126
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 79
- Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantic Icons, 1999, p. 85
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1813back to top
Current affairsMachine breaking Luddite Riots end with seventeen executions in York. Radical John Cartwright's subsequent tour of the manufacturing districts has some success in quelling Luddite discontent with the foundation of the Hampden reform club network across the country.
East India Company is deprived of monopoly over trade with India.
Art and scienceMillenarian prophet Joanna Southcott, made famous by her visions of the second coming of Christ, announces herself 'with child' by the Holy Ghost.
Jane Austen publishes Pride and Prejudice.
InternationalVictorious Battle of St Pierre near Bayonne led by General Rowland Hill.
Battle of Leipzig ends in defeat for Napoleon.
Wellington's victory at Vittoria leads to British invasion of Southern France.
Americans capture and burn Toronto, defeat British in Battle of Lake Erie and recapture Detroit.
See this portrait
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
- Portrait of the Day: George Gordon Byron
21 November, 12:30