Lady Caroline Lamb joins John Murray Archive Exhibition

Drawing of girl and lamb by Lady Caroline Lamb
Drawing by Lady Caroline Lamb.

Lady Caroline Lamb is the latest character to join the John Murray Archive Exhibition. The British aristocrat and novelist is perhaps best known for her passionate affair with the poet Lord Byron. She famously called Byron 'mad, bad and dangerous to know'.

The exhibition includes letters from Lady Caroline to Lord Byron and John Murray. There is also a letter from Byron to Lamb which notes that 'an incensed woman is a dangerous enemy'. Visitors can see Lamb's commonplace book - the 19th century equivalent of a scrap-book - and view the Lord Byron display.

In the John Murray Archive, the National Library of Scotland has the largest collection of Byron correspondence in the world. Over the next year or so, we will be digitising these letters and making them available online. For the latest information on these, and other exciting developments, send an email titled 'subscribe' to

16 February 2009

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