The Clothing of a Regency Poet, Lord Byron (1788-1824): A period of exile 1816-1824

David Wilcox

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Abstract / Description of output

In 1816 following the failure of his marriage and the establishment of a legal separation, Lord Byron left London for continental Europe. He finally settled in Italy for the longest period (1817-1823) before involving himself in the Greek struggle for independence from Ottoman rule. He would die at Missolonghi in 1824, not from any battle wound, but from disease and debility. This article examines the constant traits in his habits of dress, his dandyism and a preoccupation with his personal military wardrobe. One of his surviving military jackets is presented in some detail and the contents of the inventory of his belongings made after his death at Missolonghi are considered for what they reveal about his style of dress, and his self-image. This is the second of a two-part study of Lord Byron’s clothing narrative, which in its conclusion summarises the features which characterised his dress habits in adulthood.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-182
Number of pages32
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sept 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Lord Byron
  • George Gordon Byron
  • English Romantic poets
  • tailoring
  • military uniform
  • Nineteenth-century men's fashion
  • Dandyism
  • Missolonghi


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