|after Thomas Phillips
|Image 142 x 114 mm, Sheet 205 x 130 mm
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (22nd January 1788 - 19th April 1824) was a celebrated British poet and leading figure of the British Romantic movement. A legend in his own lifetime throughout Europe, Byron was famous for his good looks and his brilliant, reckless personality. A poet of travel and romance, and a scintillating satirist, he lived abroad from 1816 in self-imposed exile and died of fever at Missolonghi where he had joined the Greeks in their fight for independence from Turkish rule. Byron's tragic demise placed the poet alongside his departed friends and fellow poets, Keats and Shelley, and secured his immortality with the British public.
This print is based upon a profile portrait by Thomas Philips, who also painted the celebrated portrait of the poet in Albanian national dress, now on display in the National Portrait Gallery. The portrait is framed by a decorative floral border.
Thomas Phillips (18th October 1770 - 20th April 1845) was a British portrait and subject painter, and the successor to Henry Fuseli as professor of painting at the Royal Academy. Phillips painted many of the great men of his day, including a number of the most prominent members of the Romantic movement, including William Blake, Lord Byron, Walter Scott, Robert Southey, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Condition: Time toning to sheet, light staining and foxing to portrait, top left corner torn, small stains to inscription space, small holes down right side of sheet not affecting image.