Any study of the lives of Lord Byron’s wife and daughter points towards one inescapable conclusion: the enduring power of Byron’s personality.
Annabella Milbanke married Byron in January 1815. Ada, born towards the end of their first turbulent year as a married couple, was only a few weeks old when Lady Byron removed both herself and her baby daughter from the marital home on Piccadilly Terrace in January 1816. She never went back.
George Hayter painted Annabella Milbanke in 1812, just before she met Byron
Few couples can have proved themselves to be more hopelessly ill-suited than Miss Milbanke and Lord Byron; she so virtuous, he so wild; she so rational, he so mercurial; she so earnestly faithful, he so brutally promiscuous. But why, precisely, did she choose to leave him? Rumours of sodomy, incest and even a historic murder ( it was whispered that Byron, when young, had killed one of his servants) swirled around the gaming clubs and assembly rooms of the day. Lord Byron had been both cruel and inconstant as a husband: this was established beyond any doubt.
Annabella’s need to establish the reasons for a separation at a time when it was almost unheard of …read more
The final meeting of this year’s London-Paris Romanticism Seminar will take place on Friday 18 May and feature an international panel on The Romantic Lecture and Its Institutions. As our guest speakers, we are delighted to welcome Sarah Zimmerman (Fordham University, New York), whose paper is entitled The Romantic Literary Lecture: A Short History, and Judith Thompson (Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia), who will speak on John Thelwall and the Uses of Oratory. Abstracts appear below.
The seminar will be held in the Room 349 (3rd floor) at Senate House, University of London, starting at 5.30. The papers will be followed by a discussion and wine reception. Everyone is invited, including postgraduates and members of the public. Admission is free.
Sarah Zimmerman is Professor of English at Fordham University. She is the author of Romanticism, Lyricism, and History (SUNY, 1999) and, forthcoming with OUP, The Romantic Literary Lecture in Britain. In these studies and in essays on Percy Bysshe Shelley and others, she has focused on the material cultures of lyric poetry and public lectures, with a particular interest in what their historical …read more
BOOKS AND ILLUSTRATION AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY IN BRITAIN AND AMERICA A public symposium presented by the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies
Saturday, May 19, 2018 · 1:30 pm Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE Free for Museum Members or with Museum admission
In conjunction with the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies’ (FABS) Tour of Delaware and the Delaware Bibliophiles, the Delaware Art Museum will hold “Books and Illustration at the Turn of the Century in Britain and America,” a symposium with three speakers. These talks will focus on illustration and book design—a strength of the collections of the Delaware Art Museum and the University of Delaware Library. A tea reception will follow.
– “Ouida Illustrated: Commerce, Politics, and Representation in the Illustrated
Editions of Ouida’s Works”
Jesse R. Erickson, Postdoctoral Researcher in Special Collections and Digital
Humanities, University of Delaware
– “Rediscovering an American Woman Illustrator, Alice Barber Stephens”
Martha H. Kennedy, Curator, Popular & Applied Graphic Art, Library of Congress
If you’d like to contribute to this series, please find more information about how to get in touch with your ideas here.
Enjoy Val’s exploration into a heated exchange of letters that may have inspired Northcote’s Diligence and Dissipation.
‘[A] simple act of fornication’: Diligence and Dissipation, James Northcote and Peter Pindar by Val Derbyshire, School of English, University of Sheffield
Just recently, I was fortunate enough to have been awarded a Stephen Copley Research Award from BARS in order to research the letters and other personal writings of portraitist James Northcote (1746-1831). My interest in Northcote was sparked by the discovery of his personal friendship with the subject of my …read more
By jamiecastell Call for Papers Where: Cardiff University When: Monday, 18 June 2018, 10:30-7pm The Cardiff Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar (CRECS) is pleased to announce our first CRECS Summer Conference with our colleagues from Bath Spa, Bristol, Exeter, and Reading universities. The event will be the first large gathering of staff, postgraduates, and undergraduates in the … Continue reading Call for Papers – CRECS Summer Conference 2018 …read more
Following six months of settled living with his sister Dorothy, one May morning William Wordsworth left Dove Cottage with his brother John to walk through Yorkshire. Separated from her brothers in early childhood only to be permanently reunited as adults, an understandably emotional Dorothy found ways of coping with what was clearly an acute sense of loss on their departure. That day, 14 May 1800, she resolved to start writing what was to become TheGrasmere Journal. The following morning she went out into the garden and hoed that season’s first row of peas, an activity that was both a distraction and a necessity.
Away from the steeply-rising pleasure garden at Dove Cottage, Dorothy chiefly organised and tended the productive kitchen garden as part of her housekeeping tasks. This she undertook with the help of the out-living day servants Molly, Aggy and John, who with William, helped perform heavy tasks: ‘Sauntered a good deal in the garden, bound carpets, mended old clothes. Read Timon of Athens. Dried linen – Molly weeded the turnips, John stuck the peas’ (19 May 1800). Garden peas were a nutritious staple of the cottage economy they appear …read more