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Dangerous to Show

Byron and His Portraits

Geoffrey Bond Christine Kenyon Jones



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11 September 2020
'Don't look at him. He is dangerous to look at,' said Lady Liddell to her daughter in 1817. Handsome, charismatic, aristocratic and allegedly 'mad, bad and dangerous to know', Lord Byron (1788-1824) is one of the most captivating and recognisable figures of the Romantic Age. His face, figure and appearance added greatly to the appeal of his poetry and the close association of the man with his poetic creations encouraged a wide range of artists to create portraits during his lifetime and to memorialise him after his heroic death in Greece. This book explores Byron's life through the intriguing stories behind these images and for the first time reproduces in colour all the key paintings, miniatures, sculptures, drawings and sketches, with a selection of prints, cartoons, engravings and other representations. It uses Byron's own wit with words to recount his attempts to manage his own image through the way he was presented in his portraits, as well as through fashion, weight control and the disguise of his lameness.

 Dangerous to Show Byron and his Portraits
By:   Geoffrey Bond, Christine Kenyon Jones
Imprint:   UNICORN
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 270mm,  Width: 225mm, 
ISBN:   9781912690718
ISBN 10:   1912690713
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   11 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dr Christine Kenyon Jones is a writer and lecturer, and an expert on Lord Byron and the Romantic period. She has been published widely on Byron's image and his portraiture; on his politics and his pronunciation; on his disability and his dieting; on his relationship with his publisher John Murray, his religious background and his afterlife as a science-fiction character. Her book Kindred Brutes is a study of animals in the Romantic period, in which Byron figures largely. She has also written, lectured and broadcast widely about the Regency period and Jane Austen. She is a Research Fellow in the Department of English at King's College London. Geoffrey Bond is a polymath, having had careers as a solicitor, businessman and broadcaster. His special interests now are the creation and promotion of education initiatives for young people in the heritage, law and engineering sectors. He has written and lectured on heritage matters and chaired a variety of heritage organisations at regional and national level. A collector and antiquarian, living in an historic house, he is a Fellow and former member of the council of the Antiquaries Society of London. He has one of the best collections of Byron first editions and Byron memorabilia in the country.

Reviews for Dangerous to Show: Byron and His Portraits

Handsome, charismatic, aristocratic and allegedy 'mad, bad and dangerous to know, ' Lord Byron (1788-1824) is one of the most captivating and recognisable figures of the Romantic age. Reproduced here in colour and for the first time are all the key paintings, miniatures, sculptures, drawings and sketches produced by a wide range of portrait artists both during his lifetime and after his death. -- Artmag

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