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Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), Poet and literary reviewer

Sitter in 24 portraits
One of the outstanding poets of the nineteenth century. Born into the minor aristocracy, Swinburne met Rossetti at Oxford, and became an intimate member of his circle. His unconventional behaviour, alcoholic excess and the erotic nature of much of his poetry aroused controversy; but his lyrical gifts gradually won him recognition as a major poet, and he exerted considerable influence on the literary and aesthetic tastes of his age. Despite his republican sympathies, Swinburne was considered as a successor to Alfred Lord Tennyson as Poet Laureate in 1892. Although not appointed Laureate, he remained popular until long after his death. He spent his last years soberly in semi-retirement in Putney, with Theodore Watts-Dunton.

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1762

Swinburne and his sisters

by George Richmond
watercolour, 1843
NPG 1762

1511

Algernon Charles Swinburne

after Simeon Solomon
facsimile of drawing, (circa 1864-1865)
NPG 1511

1542

Algernon Charles Swinburne

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1867
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1542

2216

Algernon Charles Swinburne

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 21 November 1874
NPG 2216

3611

Algernon Charles Swinburne

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, published 16 August 1890
NPG 3611

P1700(84b)

Algernon Charles Swinburne

by John McLanachan, for Elliott & Fry
albumen print, circa 1894
NPG P1700(84b)

2217

Algernon Charles Swinburne

by Sir Robert Ponsonby Staples, Bt
chalk, 1900
NPG 2217

4002

Algernon Charles Swinburne

by Robert M.B. Paxton
oil on canvas, 1909
NPG 4002

Ax17804

Algernon Charles Swinburne

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1865
NPG Ax17804

x12831

Algernon Charles Swinburne

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1865
NPG x12831

x24806

Algernon Charles Swinburne

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1865
NPG x24806

x128720

Algernon Charles Swinburne

by John McLanachan, for Elliott & Fry
woodburytype on card mount, circa 1894
NPG x128720

x12830

Algernon Charles Swinburne

by John McLanachan, for Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, circa 1894
NPG x12830

x134953

Algernon Charles Swinburne

by John McLanachan, for Elliott & Fry
bromide print, published 1909 (circa 1894)
NPG x134953

x81998

Algernon Charles Swinburne

by John McLanachan, for Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass copy negative, circa 1894
NPG x81998

x26688

Algernon Charles Swinburne

by Crowdy & Loud, after Elliott & Fry
photogravure, published 5 October 1901
NPG x26688

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