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sale of Byron effects

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  • Nancy Mayer
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 5, 2008
      >>From Web site--[[< www.bearnes.co.uk>]]
      >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
      >mathematical achievements.
      >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
      >Descendants' (1945).
      >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
      >fascinating collection."
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