Portrait miniature of Lord Byron by Girolamo Prepiani

This miniature was one of only two hitherto known portraits showing the poet in the scarlet uniform he wore for formal presentations to foreign dignatories when travelling abroad.

Details

Medium:
Watercolour on ivory
Dimensions:
7 cm
Art Fund grant:
£4,350 ( Total: £18,700)
Acquired in:
1993
Vendor:
Bonhams

In 1813, with his love of the picturesque and his penchant for uniforms, Byron commissioned this scarlet staff uniform trimmed with rows of gold twist buttons and 25 yards of gold lacing to take with him on his second voyage. He instructed his jeweller to set the miniature in plain gold with his arms on the back and this miniature also bears wax seals with his coat of arms and the impression of his signet ring. Newstead Abbey was Byron's ancestral home which he inherited in 1798 residing there periodically from 1808 until 1814. The house still contains furniture, books and pictures, and other personal possessions of the poet together with an internationally- important collection of manuscripts, letters and rare editions of his works.

Provenance

Possibly the Countess Guiccioli; Charles Plowden, Rome.

Venue details

Newstead Abbey Historic House and Gardens Newstead Abbey Park, NEWSTEAD Nottinghamshire NG15 8NA 01623 455900 www.newsteadabbey.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £5)

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