Lord Byron Sees Nicolo Giraud for the First Time, Attica, Greece 1809. Oil on linen. 890x1207 mm; 35x47 1/4 inches. Signed, lower right. In a water-gilded frame by Russell & Chapple, with a gilded title plaque by Gino Franchi, Bond Street, London. Initialed "NHM," lower left. 2016. A companion piece to Byron & John Eddleston at Newstead 1809.
Exhibited: 'It's All About Me Darling,' The Williamson Art Gallery, July 2016, the artist's one-man show.
Provenance: Commissioned by the collectors Messrs Clarke and Davidson in 2016, the work has recently come back to the artist's collection through a bequest; Cheffins auction gallery; thence to private collection, New York.
McCann is a multi-talented and prolific British artist, photographer, designer, writer, director, and producer. His work has centered mainly around British heritage sites and historical figures, with a long run of productions for the BBC and commissioned work for royal families. His paintings often reflect a wicked sense of humor, sartorial style, and exaggerated fantasy. The life and legacy of the brazen, bisexual poet Lord Byron has been a recurring subject for McCann.
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