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"Byron sat for Richard Westall in 1813, when he was twenty-five. He admired the artist's realism: 'I happen to know this portrait was not a flatterer, but dark and stern,' he wrote in his journal, 'even so black as the mood in which my mind was scorching last July when I sat for it. All the others of me – like most portraits whatsoever – are, of course, more agreeable than nature.' Westall was also employed by John Murray to illustrate the 1819 edition of Byron's Childe Harold."
"I saw man of 5'7" or 5'8", apparently 40 years of age, as was said of Milton, he barely escaped being short & thick." (Medwin). (Sketch Alfred Compte D'orsay) Note: Byron went on various strict diets and purges...often losing weight rapidly. One theory links his early death with his propensity for violent dieting.