sale of Byron effects
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>A collection of artefacts related to Lord Byron and his descendants were
>eagerly snapped up at auction by collectors for an astonishing £176,570
>five times the figure expected.
>Some 79 lots, including books, pictures and miniatures, prints,
>drawings, and sketches, photographs and albums, silver, jewellery, plus
>ephemera and memorabilia were sold at the auction held by Bearne's in
>Despite the very late withdrawal of 43 items from the sale, including
>some of Lord Byron's personal items such as locks of his hair, his gold
>pencil case and a miniature portrait of his daughter Ada, the auction
>still drew wide interest from phone and web bidders around the globe as
>well in the sale room.
>It was the first sale in which Bearne's have used on-line bidding and it
>proved very popular with bidders, adding to the excitement and
>atmosphere of the auction.
>With pre-sale estimates ranging from as low as £10 to as high as £5,000,
>it was a sale for everyone with an interest in Lord Byron and his family.
>The top selling lot of the day (Lot 509) was a small collection of
>watercolour drawings and sketches by Lady Anne Blunt (Byron's
>Granddaughter, 1837-1917) which was knocked down for £24,000 against a
>pre sale estimate of £400-£600. Lady Anne Blunt is widely credited as
>being instrumental in helping save the Arabian horse breed.
>And more drawings, paintings and photographic work by the widely
>travelled Lady Anne Blunt also drew high prices with (Lot 478), a
>307-image early photo album mainly of Arab horses, selling for £22,000
>(estimate £1,000-£1,500), and Lot 492, a large folio of drawings and
>sketches, also going for £22,000 against a guide price of £3,000-£5,000.
>The lowest selling lot of the day was a floral embroidered bag dated
>1879 (Lot 528) which sold for just £10.00.
>The collection included Byron, Milbanke, Lovelace, Wentworth, Blunt and
>Lytton family artefacts, including some items relating directly to Lord
>It had passed by descent through the family including the poet's wife
>Anne Isabella (Lady Byron), his daughter Augusta Ada King (Countess of
>Lovelace), his granddaughter Anne Isabella Noel-King (Lady Anne Blunt)
>and great granddaughter Judith Anne Dorothea Blunt-Lytton (Lady
>Wentworth). In 1957, under the will of the 16th Baroness Wentworth, it
>passed to her Land Agent, Mr Gladstone Moore and thence by descent.
>Despite the fact that he died over 180 years ago, there is still
>passionate interest in the life of George Gordon, Lord Byron
>(1788-1824), who became world famous for his 'Childe Harold's
>Pilgrimage' and 'Don Juan' epics as well as his mastery of the shorter
>In 1815, Lord Byron married Anna Isabella Milbanke, who bore his only
>legitimate daughter Ada who went on to win many accolades for her
>With the onset of increasing financial burdens, and in the light of love
>affairs and scandal, Byron departed England in 1816, leaving his wife
>and daughter, never to return again.
>Byron's daughter Ada became a well known mathematician, working with
>Charles Babbage on his 'calculating engines' which would become the
>forerunners for the modern-day computer. Tragically, she too died aged
>just 36, the same age as her father when he passed away.
>Ada married William King, later the 1st Earl of Lovelace, and she bore
>him three children, one of whom was Anne Isabella, latterly known as
>Lady Anne Blunt, following her marriage to the poet, diplomat and
>explorer Wilfrid Scawen Blunt.
>Lady Anne Blunt, the gifted granddaughter of Lord Byron, not only
>inherited the creative gene from him as she became a talented artist,
>but she also formed infamy of her own from her great love of horses.
>She and her husband rescued the pure strain of the Arabian horse from
>near oblivion, and her studs at Sheykh Obeyd near Cairo and Crabbet Park
>in Sussex are world renowned.
>As the first Western woman ever to reach the Nejd and to see the fabled
>stables of the region's ruler, Ibn Rashid, and speaking fluent Arabic,
>Lady Anne recounted this journey in her book entitled 'A Pilgrimage to Nejd'
>She was taught drawing by John Ruskin and this and many of her other
>famous journeys were represented by Lady Anne in watercolour drawings.
>Many of these attractive works were included in the sale.
>Among other themes, she drew and painted views at Sheykh Obeyd, Arab
>horses, and other places on her many journeys, and also took fascinating
>photographs showing famous Arab horses and views at her Crabbet Park home.
>Judith, the only daughter of Lady Anne Blunt and Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
>also became a talented artist. As well as this, she inherited their love
>of the desert and Arabian horses.
>Carrying on the family tradition of the Crabbet stud, and selling horses
>all over the world, it is a well known fact that all the major breed
>subdivisions benefited from Crabbet breeding.
>Judith, latterly Lady Wentworth, like her Mother, and Great Grandfather
>before her, wrote several famous works including 'Thoroughbred Racing
>Stock and its Ancestors' (1938) and 'The Authentic Arabian Horse and His
>Andrew Thomas, a partner with Bearne's of Exeter said: "Despite the loss
>of Lord Byron's personal items just before the sale, there was still
>phenomenal interest in many of the lots on offer.
>"The drawings, paintings and photos by Lady Anne Blunt, Byron's
>Granddaughter, drew particular interest, presumably due to her strong
>association with saving the breed of Arab Horse.
>"It was a very exciting sale and realised more than we hoped. Bearne's
>were delighted to have been given the opportunity to sell this
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