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Byron & politics: ‘born for opposition’

39. ‘Foscari’ by John Rogers Herbert

NLS H.37.b.4

Engraving depicting the elderly Doge seated beside his daughter-in-law.‘Foscari’ by John Rogers Herbert in Charles Heath’s Illustrations to the works of Lord Byron. London: A Fullarton & Co., 1846. NLS H.37.b.4Herbert was one of the 19 leading artists who contributed illustrations to this collection of engravings of Byron’s life and work. Early in his career Herbert specialised in Italian subjects and Romantic literature, so Byron’s Marino Faliero and The Two Foscari had obvious appeal to him.

Herbert’s painting depicts the scene where the elderly Doge has just witnessed the death of his son, whom he has been obliged by his sense of civic duty to condemn to exile, and grieves with his daughter-in-law.

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