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George Gordon, 6th Lord Byron, 1788 - 1824. Poet

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George Gordon, 6th Lord Byron, 1788 - 1824. Poet 1822

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
The infamous romantic poet Lord Byron was half-Scottish and spent his early childhood in Aberdeen. He retained a trace of a Scottish accent throughout his life. Byron's complicated relationships had caused a scandal and in 1816 he left Britain forever. At the time of this portrait, he was living in Italy with his lover, Countess Teresa Guiccioli. The American artist, William West, complained that the poet was a difficult sitter, either restless and over-talkative or silent and self-conscious. Nobody liked the finished work; Teresa said it was a 'frightful caricature'.

Glossary Open


A portrait with the facial features exaggerated for comic or satirical effect.


Refers to artworks that emphasise drama and emotion.

Caricature , Romantic


  • Acc. No. PG 1561
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 72.40 x 62.20 cm (framed: 94.50 x 82.00 x 6.00 cm)
  • Credit Presented by Colonel William Stirling of Keir 1951