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Alfred Austin (1835-1913), Poet Laureate

Sitter in 8 portraits
Austin studied and practised law for several years before turning to the writing of literature. He published his first major poetic work, The Season: a Satire, in 1861. Austin went on to publish over forty volumes of verse, prose idylls, novels, and books of criticism. However, his poetry was not highly regarded by his contemporaries, and is now little remembered. In 1866 Austin became a leader writer for the Standard, a position he held for over thirty years. He also edited the National Review for several years. Austin succeeded Alfred, Lord Tennyson as poet laureate in 1896, although his appointment was probably based more on his services to the Tory party than on his poetic ability.

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P1700(12c)

Alfred Austin

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, circa 1894
NPG P1700(12c)

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Alfred Austin

by Sir Leslie Ward
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 20 February 1896
NPG 1768

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Alfred Austin

by Sir Leslie Ward
watercolour, variant of drawing published in Vanity Fair 20 February 1896
NPG 4845

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Alfred Austin

by Unknown photographer, published by Ogden's
cigarette card, published circa 1896-1907
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Alfred Austin

by Frederic G. Hodsoll
bromide print, 1900s
NPG Ax25155

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Alfred Austin

by Frederic G. Hodsoll
bromide print, 1900s
NPG Ax25156

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Alfred Austin

by Frederic G. Hodsoll
bromide print, 1903
NPG Ax25174

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Alfred Austin

by Herbert Rose Barraud
albumen cabinet card, 1870s-1900s
NPG x135