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George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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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 (1819–1824) 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.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London


Date

1813

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 91.4 x W 71.1 cm

Accession number

4243

Acquisition method

Purchased, 1961. On long-term loan to Dove Cottage & Wordsworth Museum, Cumbria

Work type

Painting


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