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Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

by Alfred Clint, after Amelia Curran, and Edward Ellerker Williams
oil on canvas, circa 1829, based on a work of 1819
23 1/2 in. x 19 1/2 in. (597 mm x 495 mm)
Purchased, 1900
Primary Collection
NPG 1271

Sitterback to top

Artistsback to top

  • Alfred Clint (1807-1883), Etcher and marine painter; son of George Clint. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.
  • Amelia Curran (1775-1847), Painter. Artist or producer associated with 5 portraits.
  • Edward Ellerker Williams (1793-1822), Draughtsman. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG 1234: Percy Bysshe Shelley (source portrait)

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Events of 1819back to top

Current affairs

Peterloo Massacre leaves eleven dead and four hundred wounded as crowds, gathered to hear radical Henry Hunt call for reform of the House of Commons, are forcibly dispersed.
Six Acts are passed, stiffening the 1795 Treason Act and introducing a tax on the periodical press which was viewed as seditious.

Art and science

Percy Bysshe Shelley writes Ode to the West Wind during a year of extraordinary creativity in which he also finishes Prometheus Unbound.
Lord Byron publishes his tour-de-force Don Juan; one man's mock-epic odyssey through a world without fixed principles.
First ship with a steam engine crosses the Atlantic in twenty-eight days.


Thomas Jefferson establishes the University of Virginia.
Royal Navy anti-slave squadron is set up to patrol the West African coastline.
French physician Rene Laennac invents the stethoscope.

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Bysshe Coffey

04 April 2017, 20:15

Dear NPG,

Apologies for the bother but I have spotted an error. This image is listed as having been painted by Clint in 1819. It wasn't. This is indeed by Clint (after Curran and Williams), but it is a painting from around 1829. For reference, see Bieri's recent biography 'Shelley'.

All the very best,

Bysshe Coffey (PhD Student, Huntington Fellow working on Shelley )

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