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English School, circa 1771
Lord Byron's Seat, Newstead Abbey
signed indistinctly with initials, dated and inscribed '...1771 Lord Byron's Seat, Newstead Abbey from Castle Hill. WE ALL LOVE YOU KISS KISS, MISS MISS INNOCENT Lord. BLOOMING BILLY BYRON. Lord. Byrons.'; pencil, pen and black ink and watercolour with touches of white heightening, unframed
3 1/2 x 7 1/4in. (88 x 184mm.)

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'BLOOMING BILLY BYRON' was William 5th Lord Byron (1722-1798), great uncle of the poet, the 6th Lord Byron. In 1765 William Byron killed a neighbour in a duel and although acquitted of murder, he became a recluse, becoming increasingly eccentric, holding mock battles within the grounds of the estate and dressing his servants up as soldiers. The watercolour shows the Folly Castle and the mock naval Forts which were built from 1749. For further information see L.A. Marchand, Byron a Biography, I, 1957, p.7.
We are grateful to Charles Nugent for his help in preparing this catalogue entry

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