[Lord Byron.] Bryon [facsimile signature.]
London, Published by John Mitchell, 32, Old Bond St. Printed by Graf & Soret.]
Lithograph on india, printed area approx 220 x 160mm (8¾ x 6¼"). Uncut sheet.
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron [1788 - 1824], poet. Taken from a sketch from life by the Comte D'Orsay of Byron while he was in Genoa in 1822-3. During this period Byron wrote cantos 10-16 of Don Juan along with other works, before setting sail for Greece where he died while involved in the Greek war of Independence. By Alfred Guillaume D'Orsay, styled Count D'Orsay (1801-52), artist and dandy. D'Orsay and his lover Marguerite Gardiner, countess of Blessington were at the centre of fashionable London life and gathered around them many of the social and literary celebrities of their time. This portrait comes from a series of 125 of his profile sketches which include most of the celebrities of the day. Many of the related pencil sketches are in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
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