|Artist||William Henry Mote after William John Newton|
|Published||London, Published 1832, by J. Murray & Sold by C. Tilt, 86, Fleet Street.|
|Dimensions||Image 124 x 96 mm, Sheet 224 x 158 mm|
A half-length portrait of Lady Byron after the miniature on ivory by Sir William Newton. Lady Byron is shown frontally, with her head inclined to the right, veiled, and with her right hand over her heart.
Anne-Isabella, Baroness Byron (17th May 1792 - 18th May 1860) was the wife of the British poet Lord Byron and mother of his only legitimate child, Ada Lovelace. Anne-Isabella was a talented and intelligent woman, and her relationship with Byron was tragically chaotic. Anne's moral and religious temperament was at odds with Byron's reputation, and his early interests in her were spurned. Her rejections only increased Byron's advances, and the couple married in 1815 after his second proposal. Byron's debts and various public scandals led to a short and unhappy marriage plagued by alcoholism and affairs, and the couple divorced barely a year later. Her later life was spent on social reform and lobbying for the abolition of slavery, and encouraging her daughter in the study of mathematics. The story of her marriage, published after her death, was the first open avowal of her husband's relationship with his half sister Augusta Leigh, a rumour that had circulated widely during his lifetime.
William Henry Mote (1803 - 1871) was a British stipple and line engraver and member of the Royal Academy, chiefly celebrated for his portraits.
Sir William John Newton (1785 - 1869) was a British engraver and miniature painter. Although he was one of the most popular miniaturists of his day, and frequently exhibited in Royal Academy shows, he was never elected to the Royal Academy.
Condition: Small hole in top right corner not affecting image.