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Byron & politics: ‘born for opposition’

49. William Parry's The Last Days of Lord Byron

Private collection

Engraved frontispiece portrait depicting Byron in Missolonghi with his second Newfoundland dog, Lyon.Frontispiece by Robert Seymour to William Parry's book The Last Days of Lord Byron. Private collectionCaptain William Parry was the ‘Fire-master’ or engineer sent out by the London Greek Committee to organise Byron’s artillery in Missolonghi, and he arrived there on 5 February 1824. Byron described him as ‘a fine rough subject’, and ‘a sort of hardworking Hercules’. Parry and Byron got drunk together frequently, and The Last Days of Lord Byron provides a convincing (though ghost-written) account of Parry’s time in Missolonghi.

The illustrations were drawn to Parry’s descriptions by Robert Seymour, and the frontispiece shows Byron in Missolonghi with his second Newfoundland dog, Lyon. Parry (page 75) describes how ‘With Lyon Byron was accustomed not only to associate, but to commune very much, and very often.’

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