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

Sitter in 91 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

3847

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of medallion, 1856
NPG 3847

947

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

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

1015

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

970

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

P284

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1867
NPG P284

P9

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1869
On display in Room 34 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P9

P124

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

x12998

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 Oscar Gustave Rejlander
albumen print, early 1860s
NPG x7950

Ax18237

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

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

Ax7608

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

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

x26790

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by James Mudd, published by Cundall, Downes & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, 1861
NPG x26790

x13230

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by James Mudd, published by Cundall, Downes & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, 1861
NPG x13230

x13231

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by James Mudd
albumen carte-de-visite, 1861
NPG x13231

Ax7505

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, after 1862
NPG Ax7505

x13249

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by William Jeffrey
albumen print on card mount, circa 1862
NPG x13249

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by William Jeffrey
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1862
NPG x26792

x26793

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by William Jeffrey
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1862
NPG x26793

Ax18247

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1864
NPG Ax18247

x3686

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1864
NPG x3686

Ax30389

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by William Jeffrey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1865
NPG Ax30389

Ax30390

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1865
NPG Ax30390

Ax17800

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1865
NPG Ax17800

Ax18220

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1865
NPG Ax18220

x18053

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, May 1865
NPG x18053

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, arched top, May 1865
NPG x18024

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, May 1865
NPG x44991

x18023

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, May 1865
NPG x18023

x5887

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by William Jeffrey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1865
NPG x5887

x12996

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, late 1860s
NPG x12996

x26799

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, late 1860s
NPG x26799

x126171

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Elliott & Fry
vintage print, late 1860s
NPG x126171

x126801

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Elliott & Fry
carbon print on card mount, late 1860s
NPG x126801

x18054

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1869
NPG x18054

Ax11942

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1870
NPG Ax11942

Ax39844

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1870
NPG Ax39844

Ax46262

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1870
NPG Ax46262

x26794

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1870
NPG x26794

x26795

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1870
NPG x26795

x26796

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1870
NPG x26796

x26798

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG x26798

x12999

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen cabinet card, circa 1870
NPG x12999

x12997

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG x12997

x45210

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1870
NPG x45210

x26785

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Herbert Rose Barraud
albumen carte-de-visite, late 1882
NPG x26785

Ax17709

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1883
NPG Ax17709

x26788

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Herbert Rose Barraud
carbon print, circa 1888
NPG x26788

Ax5430

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Richard Bentley & Son
sepia carbon print, published 1888
NPG Ax5430

x197047

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Ogden's
cigarette card, published circa 1894-1907
NPG x197047

D6944

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Henry Duff Linton, after Edmond Morin
wood engraving, circa 1845-1855
NPG D6944

D6942

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Vincent Brooks, after a photograph by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
line engraving, (1864)
NPG D6942