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Lock of hair of Allegra Byron

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Title
Lock of hair of Allegra Byron
Names
Byron, Clara Allegra, 1817-1822 (Creator)
Moore, Thomas, 1779-1852 (Former owner)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1821 - 1822 (Approximate)
Place: Bagnacavallo, Italy?
Library locations
Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle
Shelf locator: *Pforz
Topics
Byron, Clara Allegra, 1817-1822 -- Relics
Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824 -- Family
Clairmont, Claire, 1798-1879 -- Family
Genres
Hair
Specimens
Objects
Notes
Content: A lock of golden blond hair. Mounted in clear plastic envelope within two-leaved paperboard windowed frame. Along with a nineteenth-century attestation in an unidentified hand; text reads in full, "Hair of 'Alega [sic] Byron' / child of Shelley's the Poets / wife's Sister / She signed herself 'Claire' / see Letter in British Museum / F. A. K." Library records indicate the hair clipping was taken from Thomas Moore's copy of William Martin Leake's Historical Outline of the Greek Revolution (1826).
Biographical/historical: In a letter dated 3 August 1818, Lord Byron described his eighteen-month-old daughter Allegra to his half-sister, Augusta Leigh: "...she is very pretty -- remarkably intelligent -- and a great favorite with everybody ... she has very blue eyes -- and that singular forehead -- fair curly hair -- and a devil of a Spirit -- but that is Papa's ..." (cf. Marchand's Byron's letters and journals, v. 6, p. 62).
Content: Filed in SC manuscript file under "Byron, Allegra."
Physical Description
Human hair
Extent: Ca. 40 strands ; 3 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches (window)
Type of Resource
Three dimensional object
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 731047211
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b18986109
NYPL Exhibition ID: TL 24.07.034
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6b104930-a409-013c-dd1e-0242ac110004
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1821: Created (Approximate)
  • 2024: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

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Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle, The New York Public Library. "Lock of hair of Allegra Byron" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1821 - 1822. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/e56a69d0-a409-013c-109c-0242ac110003

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Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle, The New York Public Library. "Lock of hair of Allegra Byron" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 16, 2024. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/e56a69d0-a409-013c-109c-0242ac110003

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Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle, The New York Public Library. (1821 - 1822). Lock of hair of Allegra Byron Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/e56a69d0-a409-013c-109c-0242ac110003

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Lock of hair of Allegra Byron