Result of a Stormy Night :
Diodati. The picturesquely situated Villa Diodati at Cologny with Lake Geneva in the background. In front beside orange trees and pumpkins lute with open music book. Steel engraving after William Purser (architect and architecture painter + landscapist, before 1805 – after 1834). C. 1855. 5 × 7⅜ in (12.6 × 18.8 cm).
By its name going back to the Geneva reform divine John Diodati (1576-1649), Lord Byron – front right looking up from a book – spent the summer 1816 in the Villa Diodati in closest contact with Percy Bysshe Shelley and his second wife. A stormy night which kept these from returning to their quarters in a villa nearby, lead to a ghost or horror story competition. By which the Villa Diodati became the birthplace of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s famous “Frankenstein”. – The wide white margin slightly dusty upper right.
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