Etching on india, rare proof before all letters. Plate 204 x 146mm. 8 x 5¾".
The statue of Lord Byron by Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844) of 1829. After his death, the poet's friends commissioned a statue by the Danish sculptor Thorvaldsen which they proposed should be set up in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. Mindful of Byron's reputation, the Abbey refused and for some years the statue was homeless before finding a place in Trinity. However, the first proposal to site the statue in the Chapel was also rejected until in 1845 it was placed in its present position in the Wren Library. George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824) was a British poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. He was celebrated in life for aristocratic excesses including huge debts, numerous love affairs, rumours of a scandalous incestuous liaison with his half-sister, and self-imposed exile. He travelled to fight against the Ottoman Empire in the Greek War of Independence, for which Greeks revere him as a national hero. He died at 36 years old from a fever contracted while in Missolonghi, Greece.
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