Byron’s Europe: Plate 14, Port of Vathy, Ithaka, Greece

This is the seventeenth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we begin a mini tour through the Ionian islands, making our first landing on one of the bedrocks of Homeric poetry, the home of Odysseus. Ithaca, Greece, 1832 Engraved by Edward Finden after … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 14, Port of Vathy, Ithaka, Greece

Byron’s Europe: Plate 13, Patras, Greece

This is the sixteenth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we take our first footsteps on Greek soil and begin an encounter with both the ancient world and the contemporary East. Patras, Greece, 1832Engraved by Edward Finden after a watercolour by George Cattermole, … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 13, Patras, Greece

Byron’s Europe: Plate 12, Valletta Harbour, Malta

This is the fifteenth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we enjoy a rest in Malta, a little Romance, and some timely musing on matters of Trade. Valletta Harbour, Malta, 1832Engraved by Edward Finden after a watercolour by J.M.W.Turner.Etching and line engraving on … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 12, Valletta Harbour, Malta

Byron’s Europe: Plate 11, Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

This is the fourteenth 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 eleven which continues our journey eastwards across the Mediterranean. Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy, 1832Engraved by Edward Finden after a watercolour by W.Purser, based on a sketch by T.Little, Esq.Etching … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 11, Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Byron’s Europe: Plate 10, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy

This is the thirteenth 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 ten which brings us into the Mediterranean at the outset of an extensive tour to the East. Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, 1832Engraved by Edward Finden after a watercolour by William … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 10, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy

Byron’s Europe: Plate 9, Cadiz, Spain

This is the twelfth 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 nine which brings Byron to Cadiz on the Atlantic coast of south-west Spain. He was delighted by the city and found some of its citizens beguiling. Cadiz, 1832Engraved by … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 9, Cadiz, Spain

Byron’s Europe: Plate 8, The Maid of Zaragoza

This is the eleventh 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 eight which introduces a second ‘Byron Beauty’. This young woman proves to be dramatically inspirational. The Maid of Saragoza, 1832Engraved by William Finden after a watercolour by F StoneEtching … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 8, The Maid of Zaragoza

Byron’s Europe: Plate 7, Mafra, Portugal

This is 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 … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 7, Mafra, Portugal

Byron’s Europe: Plate 6, Sintra, Portugal

This is 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: … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 6, Sintra, Portugal