Byron, Shelley and Peacock: From the Don Juan to the Nemesis

John Gardener

16th May, IN-PERSON

Art Workers Guild

AGM: 5.00-6.30

Drinks reception and lecture: 6.30-8.00

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Byron, Percy Shelley and Thomas Love Peacock were famously keen on boats. What is little known is that Shelley was engaged on making two boats in the final years of his life: the famous one, Don Juan, which he renamed Ariel, and another, which was a steamship. The fact that Shelley was working on a steamship, to sail between Leghorn and Genoa, seems to go against the notion of Romanticism being antithetical to technology. Similarly, Shelley’s closest friend Thomas Love Peacock went onto superintend the building of the first iron gunboats, some of which took part in the first Anglo-Chinese War. This paper examines what the attraction of steamships would have been for Shelley and Peacock.



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Drinks 6.30-7.00

Lecture 7.00-8.00pm

There will be a dinner for those who wish to join, details will be confirmed closer to the time.

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Image: From Shelley’s 1819-20 Notebook, No. 2., The Huntington Library