Lecture: Fantasy and Transfiguration: Byron and his portraits


Lord Byron, ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’, was a great poet who lived a fast-paced, dramatic life in the forefront of world events and his life has become almost mythical. This lecture considers how Byron aimed to present himself visually to the public through the portraits he sat for, and also to what extent he lost control of that visual presentation game, as his image was manipulated by publishers, by magazine-editors, by engravers and artists of all kind. It charts his relationship with the various artists and sculptors who portrayed him from life, and his imaginative interaction with the images they created, and it looks at how the process of presenting and controlling a star’s visual image was conducted in the age before photography and the mass-media.

Dr Christine Kenyon Jones is a Research Fellow in the Department of English at King’s College London. Her research focuses on British Romantic-period writing, and in particular on representations of animals in this period; on Lord Byron, and on portraits of Byron. Her books include Kindred Brutes: Animals in Romantic-period Writing (2001) and Byron: The Image of the Poet (2008).

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