- One of the books U+I have in my library is the catalogue of the Byron exhibit
at the Victoria and Albert MUseum in 1974 commemorating the 150th anniversary
of Byron's death.
hile a catalogue is just a listing, this one has several pages of pictures in
the last section so that one can see the people who featured in his life. Not
all those are pictured of course and some who are are shown as they were
before Byron knew them. There is a formal picture of his mother-in-law and
one of his daughter as well as Lady Melbourne and Lady Oxford. Most of the
people displayed are men. One is a picture of Byron's death. Several
ilustrations from satirical prints are also included.
In the catalog proper,the items are annotated.
Byron gave Murray a Hemlock cup and went to some trouble to find Hemlock to
put in it. ( note under item description of cup and cover)He also gave Sir
Walter Scott a vase of silvercontaining human remains. Scott gave him a
dagger .. mounted with gold . note on item description of letter
There is a Grant of Special License for marriage of Byron which I wish I could
see as well as the bill from Farquhar and Sladen for obtaining same.
THe second earl of Clare looked a little like the actor who plays Henry
Crawford in the BBC Mansfield Park.
Byron in Albanian dress with a pencil thin mustache of 1814. If annabelle saw
this painting or Byron like that no wonder she fell in love with him. An
exotic bird even for Regency England.