ExhibitionThe Birth of Frankenstein
3. George Gordon, 6th Lord Byron, 1813
George Gordon, 6th Lord Byron, oil on canvas, 1813
Artist: Richard Westall (1765–1836)
Courtesy © National Portrait Gallery, London
A British Romantic poet and political liberal, Lord Byron entertained the Shelley party during the wet, uncongenial summer of 1816. During that time, he and Percy Bysshe Shelley engaged in extended conversations about the “principle of life,” to which Mary Shelley was a silent listener.