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Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Born in Lincolnshire, Tennyson studied in Louth before attending Trinity College, Cambridge. His early life and poetry were greatly affected by the unexpected death of his friend Arthur Hallam, his elegy to whom, 'In Memoriam', secured his fame. Tennyson was Britain's longest to serving Poet Laureate and the most popular poet of his age. On being awarded a barony by Queen Victoria in 1883, he became the first British writer to be raised to the Peerage. Tennyson's poetry is celebrated for its lyricism and psychological intensity. His Arthurian poems such as 'The Lady of Shalott' from 1832 and 'Idylls of the King' from 1859 inspired Pre-Raphaelite artists, while those in dialect retain the language of his Lincolnshire youth.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London


Date

1873

Medium

plaster

Measurements

H 71.8 x W (?) x D (?) cm

Accession number

1667

Acquisition method

purchased, 1912

Work type

Bust

Inscription description

incised and dated


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