The binding of this volume is considerably too valuable for the Contents.


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Isaac Robert Cruikshank (1789-1856). The Separation, a Sketch from the Private Life of Lord Iron who Panegyrized His Wife, but Satirized Her Confidante!! (London, 1816).

Throughout the spring of 1816 Lord and Lady Byron were engulfed by the separation crisis. In this satirical print, Byron with an amour facetiously recites the lyric “Fare Thee Well” to his wife (holding their infant daughter, Ada), her governess Mrs. Clermont, and a solicitor. As his marriage unraveled, he vented his frustration in “A Sketch from Private Life,” a vicious attack on Clermont, whom he suspected had turned his wife against him. Both poems were reprinted in the newspapers, further damaging the poet’s standing with the public. Three days after signing a deed of separation, he visited the poet Churchill’s grave at Dover and left England never to return.