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40. Pencil and watercolour sketch of Byron at Genoa, attributed to Count Alfred D’Orsay, April or May 1823

Private collection

Pencil and watercolour sketch depicting Byron wearing everyday dress and carrying a cane.Pencil and watercolour sketch of Byron at Genoa, attributed to Count Alfred D’Orsay, April or May 1823. Private collectionThis drawing shows Byron wearing everyday dress and carrying a cane similar to the stick shown as exhibit 41.

D’Orsay (an amateur artist and glamorous dandy, whom Byron described as ‘un cupidon déchaîné,’) was the companion of the Earl and Countess of Blessington, who sought out Byron in Genoa, meeting him several times. Lady [Marguerite] Blessington subsequently serialised an account of her Journal of Conversations with Lord Byron in the New Monthly Magazine in 1832.

By the time this sketch was made, Byron was in the throes of making up his mind to go to Greece and take a role in the fight for Greek freedom.

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