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Portrait of the Day: George Gordon Byron

Past event archive
11 February 2020, 12:30

Room 18

Free

  • Talks and Lectures||LGBTQI

Lord Byron
replica by Thomas Phillips
circa 1835, based on a work of 1813
NPG 142

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.

This is part of a series of talks the National Portrait Gallery will be delivering to celebrate LGBT History Month. LGBT History Month is an annual, month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

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