ExhibitionThe Birth of Frankenstein
2. Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1819
Percy Bysshe Shelley, oil on canvas, 1819
Artist: Amelia Curran (1775–1847)
Courtesy © National Portrait Gallery, London
One of the leading British Romantic poets and a political radical, Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822) was expelled from Oxford University for a scandalous broadside on atheism. He wrote the preface for the first edition of Frankenstein (1818).