Elma Dangerfield Prize 2021

On behalf of the IABS Joint Presidents and the Elma Dangerfield Prize Committee, we would like to congratulate Geoffrey Bond and Christine Kenyon Jones as this year’s winners of the Elma Dangerfield Prize.

Their book, Dangerous to Show: Byron and his Portraits (London: Unicorn, 2020), is, in the words of Jerome McGann, ‘a book of the visions that transfigured Byron’, combining, as Miranda Seymour puts it, ‘meticulous scholarship and a wealth of information with a glorious treasure-trove of images’.

The Elma Dangerfield Prize Committee thought the book ‘an extraordinarily thorough investigation which juxtaposed different versions of paintings and sculptures and, where possible, traced their provenance; offering along the way measured reassessments and several new insights’. The Committee went on to say:

The text was quietly authoritative – beautifully written and buttressed with impeccable scholarly referencing. It was keyed in nicely to a wealth of images – some very familiar of course but several new even to seasoned Byronists. The product of many years’ patient research by its two authors, Dangerous to Show achieved the difficult feat of being attractive and accessible to the general reader, whilst at the same time contributing original and rigorous scholarship to the academic work on Lord Byron. The panel feels that this impressive book will become the classic work on this subject for many years to come and is a very worthy winner of the Elma Dangerfield Prize for 2021.