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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson (1809-1892), Poet Laureate

Sitter in 88 portraits
Born in Somersby, Lincolnshire, Tennyson was educated in Louth before attending Trinity College, Cambridge. His early life and poetry was 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. Tennyson was Britain's longest-serving Poet Laureate, from 1850 until his death forty-two years later. A great favourite of Queen Victoria, she awarded him a barony in 1883.

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

attributed to James Spedding
pencil, circa 1831
NPG 3940

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Samuel Laurence, and Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1840
On display in Room 24 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2460

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of medallion, 1856
NPG 3847

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Mary Grant, after Thomas Woolner
marble bust, 1893 (1857)
NPG 947

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, circa 1863-1864
On display in the Watts Hall of Fame at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG 1015

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by M. Arnault, after a photograph by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
chalk, (1864)
NPG 970

P285

Tennyson and his sons

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1865
NPG P285

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1867
NPG P284

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1869
NPG P9

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1869
NPG P124

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of bust, 1873
NPG 1667

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by William Henry Margetson, after a photograph by Herbert Rose Barraud
watercolour, 1891 (1882)
NPG 4343

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Francis John Williamson
plaster cast of bust, 1893
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1178

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Oscar Gustave Rejlander
albumen print, early 1860s
NPG x12998

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by William Jeffrey
albumen print on card mount, 1860s
NPG x13249

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Oscar Gustave Rejlander
albumen print, early 1860s
NPG x7950

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

after James Mudd
albumen carte-de-visite, (1861)
NPG Ax18237

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

after James Mudd
woodburytype, 1870s (1861)
NPG Ax7608