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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

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Born in Somersby, Lincolnshire, Tennyson was educated in Louth before attending Trinity College, Cambridge. His early life and poetry were greatly affected by the unexpected death of his close friend and prospective brother-in-law, Arthur Hallam, to whom Tennyson dedicated his 'In Memoriam'. Some of the best-known poems include 'The Charge of the Light Brigade', 'The Lady of Shalott' and the 'Idylls of the King', while those in dialect retain the language of his Lincolnshire youth.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

  • Date

    c.1863–1864

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    61.3 x 51.4 cm

  • Accession number

    1015

  • Acquisition method

    Given by George Frederick Watts, 1895. On long-term loan to Bodelwyddan Castle, North Wales

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