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George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), 6th Baron Byron

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The statue was inspired by one line from Childe Harold: ‘To sit on rocks and muse o’er flood and fell’. Byron is shown seated on a rock in a pensive posture, with his elbow resting on his knee and his hand raised to his chin. His Newfoundland dog, Bo’sun, is seated at his side and looks up at him with a trusting expression.

The pedestal is generously splayed towards the base and rests on steps. Its upper corners are adorned with Grecian acroteria. There are polished benches at the front and to the side of the memorial. The marble for the plinth was to be a gift from the Greek government but its arrival was delayed. A temporary plinth was in place until it was finally replaced on on 22nd April 1882.

Date

1880

Medium

bronze, Rosso Antico marble & granite

Measurements

H 290 x W 194 x D 194 cm;
Plinth: H 200 x W (?) x D (?) cm

Accession number

W1J_CRH_S168

Acquisition method

purchased by public subscription

Work type

Statue

Owner

Westminster City Council

Custodian

Westminster City Council

Work status

extant

Listing status

Grade II (England and Wales)

Unveiling date

24th May 1880

Listing date

14/01/70

Access

at all times

Signature/marks description

on right side of statue’s base: R. C. BELT

Inscription description

inscription on front of pedestal: BYRON; on back of pedestal: ERECTED / BY / PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION / 1881


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Park Lane,

W1J 7NT

On an a traffic island bordered by Achilles Way.