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"Le Diable Bioteux" und weitere Werke von Courtney Blazon

"Le Diable Bioteux"
22 x 30 inch (w x h)
Pen
Marker and Pastel on Paper

George Gordon, Lord Byron, is considered to be one of the greatest British poets, and remains widely read today.
This portrait depicts Byron as a young man, framed by a stylized version of the family coat of arms: two rearing foals, beneath a pair of mermaids.
The mermaids are relaxing on an arch of the decaying Newstead Abbey, ancestral home of the Byrons, in Nottinghamshire, England.
Byron had a marked fondness for animals (Newstead Abbey boasted a tame wolf and a tame bear); but wherever he lived, his household always included a variety of different creatures.
Crede Byron [Trust Byron], the family motto, is entwined around the foals’ tails, which are further adorned with cameos of Byron’s parents.
In 1798, at the age of 10, Byron inherited the abbey, along with his title, upon the death of his mad great-uncle William, who had let the abbey fall into ruin.
Byron was born with a deformity of his right leg called a club foot, and wore a special boot in an effort to ameliorate it.
Byron’s disability did not prevent his participation in athletics: he boxed and played cricket at college, and swam throughout his adult life.
Byron’s brilliant poems (an excerpt from 'On the Death of a Young Lady' is shown here) brought him celebrity and adulation at an early age. His wife called it “Byromania”.
Notorious for his several love affairs (with men as well as women), and for his enormous gambling debts, Byron fell into disfavor. In April of 1816, he fled to Europe, never to return to England.
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