Frederick Christian Lewis after Comte d'Orsay
17 x 22 inches
This portrait of a young Lord Byron depicts him on board a ship with his hand on the tiller, looking pensively out to sea. George Gordon Byron (1788-1824) was an Anglo-Scottish poet best remembered as one of the leading exponents of the Romantic movement. He graduated from Cambridge and travelled extensively in Europe with a particular fascination for Italy where he lived for seven years. He became as famous for his hedonistic lifestyle as his poetry, inspiring generations of romantics with both. He ran up enormous debt, always eager to sample the best that life had to offer and embarked upon numerous and often intense relationships with both men and women.