Byron’s Europe: Plate 7, Mafra, Portugal

This the tenth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we turn to plate seven which extends Byron’s explorations of the area around Lisbon to the enormous Royal Palace and Monastery of Mafra. It is one of the major accomplishments of the Portuguese … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 7, Mafra, Portugal

Byron’s Europe: Plate 6, Sintra

This the ninth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we turn to plate six which provides an escape from the city of Lisbon to the wooded hills around Sintra, which Byron called ‘the most beautiful village in the world.’ Sintra, Portugal: the … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 6, Sintra

Byron’s Europe: Plate 5, Lisbon from near Almada Fort

This the eighth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we turn to plate five which offers a prospect over the river Tagus to Lisbon during turbulent times. Lisbon from near Almada Fort, 1832Engraved by Edward Finden after a watercolour by Clarkson Stanfield, … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 5, Lisbon from near Almada Fort

Byron’s Europe: Plate 4, Belem Tower, Lisbon

This the seventh instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we turn to plate four which commemorates Byron’s first footfall in Europe, at Lisbon in Portugal. Belem Castle, Lisbon, 1832Engraved by Edward Finden after a watercolour by Clarkson StanfieldEtching and line engraving on … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 4, Belem Tower, Lisbon

Byron’s Europe: Title page, Villeneuve, Switzerland

This the second instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834. The series consists of one hundred and twenty-six subjects so this promises to be a long and varied journey. Here we visit our first destination, starting out amongst the Alps on the … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Title page, Villeneuve, Switzerland

Byron’s Europe: Frontispiece; Gibraltar

This the third instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we look at the image chosen to serve as the frontispiece to the whole series, a view of Gibraltar by Turner. Splendid as it certainly is, its relationship with Byron’s Life … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Frontispiece; Gibraltar

Byron’s Europe: Plate 1, Lochnagar

This the fourth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we consider the first plate, which takes us to the Dee valley in Aberdeenshire and into a formative experience of the Scottish landscape. The Valley of the Dee, Scotland, looking towards Ballater and … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 1, Lochnagar

Byron’s Europe: Plate 2, Lochnagar

This the fifth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we turn to the second plate, which transports us to the Scottish landscape at its most Sublime. The Valley of the Dee, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, looking over Invercauld House to Lochnagar. Called ‘Lachin-y-Gair’Engraved by … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 2, Lochnagar

Byron’s Europe: Plate 3, Mary Ann Chaworth

This the sixth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we turn to the third plate, which begins to open up some social and even romantic dimensions to the project. Miss Chaworth, 1832Engraved by William Finden after a portrait by Frank Stone based … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 3, Mary Ann Chaworth