BYRON, GEORGE GORDON (1788-1824)
PORTRAIT AFTER RICHARD WESTALL R.A. (1765-1836), tiny miniature apparently on ivory, head and shoulders, in profile facing left right hand to chin, sealed in an attractive scalloped-edged oval silver-gilt Regency brooch, with pin, overall size 17mm x 15mm [early nineteenth century]
This charming jewel is after Richard Westall's portrait of Byron painted in 1813 (NPG 4243).
While there are numerous contemporary records of miniatures of Byron, no mention has been found of one this small or in a brooch. It is not inconceivable that Byron might have had the present example made himself to give to one of his many admirers, though there is no evidence for the suggestion.
PROVENANCE: Rowland Edmund Prothero (1851-1937), Baron Ernle, editor of Byron's Works, 1898-1901.