Percy Bysshe Shelley tea towel
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) is seen as one of the finest lyric poets in the English language, and one of the most influential. A radical in his poetry as well as in his political and social views, he did not experience fame during his lifetime, but recognition for his poetry grew steadily following his death.
This tea towel was inspired by his poem "The Masque of Anarchy" which he wrote in 1819 following the Peterloo massacre of that year (we have a tea towel for Peterloo too!). This call for freedom is perhaps the first modern statement of the principle of nonviolent resistance to tyranny. Current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has quoted these words in several recent speeches. The image on the tea towel is based on the painting “A Family of Lions” by Geza Vastagh (1866-1919).