Thomas Lupton after T. Phillips
George, Lord Byron
9.5 x 14.5 inches
A very fine mezzotint portrait of the poet Lord Byron; engraved by Thomas Lupton after Phillips and published in London in 1824. This is an exceptionally fine impression of this unusual print.
A half-length portrait of the famous romantic poet that was published in 1824, the year of his death. Byron (1788-1824) was at turns both infamous and inspiring. He managed to pack a huge amount into his relatively short life. He died at the age of 36 but leaves behind him a fascinating legacy of political achievement, extraordinary verse and a notorious personal life. He spent seven years living in Italy and whilst there immersed himself in the works of classical scholars, philosophers and poets. He scandalised London society by running up huge debts, entering into numerous love affairs with both men and women and embarking upon a particularly salacious liaison with his half-sister. Little wonder that his reputation continues to be controversial and evoke both disapproval and approbation in equal measure!