Leaders in Literature and the Arts

Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769 – 1830)

Lawrence might be considered the visual documentarian of the Regency, as he was one of the most important, and most prolific, portrait painters of...

Jane Austen (1775 – 1817)

The novelist whose books were the antecedent of all modern romances, Jane Austen was the daughter of a clergyman and remained a spinster all...

Fanny Burney (1752 – 1840)

Daughter of the famous musician and musicologist, Charles Burney, Frances Burney was a novelist, diarist, and playwright. She wrote four novels, eight plays, one...

Lord Byron (1778 – 1824)

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron of Rochdale (yes, Rochdale!) was one of the great  poets of the 19th century. His most important works...

John Keats (1795 – 1821)

Though now considered one of the most important of the Romantic poets, in his own time Keats was criticized and his work skewered by...

Humphry Repton (1752 – 1818)

Humphry Repton was the last great landscape architect of the 18th century, though his style is what we think of today as pure Regency...

Thomas Rowlandson (1756 – 1827)

Another visual documentarian of the age, Rowlandson made his mark as a caricaturist. He was a student at the Royal Academy and in Paris,...

Sir Walter Scott (1771 – 1832)

A prolific historical novelist, Scott was, unlike Jane Austen, a widely read and extremely popular author during his own lifetime. His most famous works...

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 – 1822)

Son of a Member of Parliament, Shelley was educated at Eton and Oxford, but espoused radical social and political views that made him unpopular....

Sir John Soane (1753 – 1837)

John Soane was an architect who specialized in the Neo-Classical style. He was a professor of architecture at the Royal Academy and was one...

J. M. W. Turner (1775 – 1851)

A Romantic painter and watercolorist, Joseph Mallord William Turner can be said to have paved the way for Impressionism with his unique style of...

William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850)

William Wordsworth helped launch the Romantic movement in poetry with the publication, with Samuel Coleridge, of Lyrical Ballads in 1798. A second edition, with...

 

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