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42. Sculpted portrait bust medallion of Byron in Albanian dress by Nikolaos Kotziamanis, 1992, after Thomas Phillips’ portrait, 1813

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Sculpted portrait bust medallion of Byron in Albanian dress against red velvet plinth.Sculpted portrait bust medallion of Byron in Albanian dress by Nikolaos Kotziamanis, 1992, after Thomas Phillips’ portrait, 1813. Private collection.This medallion is modelled after Thomas Phillips’ famous ‘Portrait of a Nobleman in the dress of an Albanian.’

The original oil painting was commissioned by Byron in 1813 and shows him in a costume he purchased in Albania in 1809. The portrait was exhibited, along with Phillips’ other portrait of Byron in a dark cloak, in the Royal Academy summer exhibition in 1814 in Somerset House, next door to where King’s College London’s Strand Campus now stands. Phillips made further copies in 1835 and 1841, and the image was also reproduced in engravings.

In 1992 Nikolaos Kotziamanis produced a limited edition of the medallion, inscribed ‘Lord Byron, Philhellene,’ before undertaking a full length statue of Byron which stands in Missolonghi outside Byron House, the home of the Missolonghi Byron Research Centre.

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