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Alfred, Lord Tennyson

(1809-1892), Poet Laureate

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

Sitter in 94 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, Lord Tennyson, attributed to James Spedding - NPG 3940

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

attributed to James Spedding
pencil, circa 1831
NPG 3940

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Samuel Laurence, and  Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Bt - NPG 2460

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Samuel Laurence, and Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1840
NPG 2460

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 3847

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of medallion, 1856
NPG 3847

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Mary Grant, after  Thomas Woolner - NPG 947

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by James Mudd - NPG P34

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by James Mudd
albumen print, 1861
NPG P34

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1015

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by M. Arnault, after a photograph by  John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG 970

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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

Tennyson and his sons, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P285

Tennyson and his sons

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1865
NPG P285

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P284

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1867
NPG P284

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P9

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1869
NPG P9

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P124

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1869
NPG P124

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 1667

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of bust, 1873
NPG 1667

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by William Henry Margetson, after a photograph by  Herbert Rose Barraud - NPG 4343

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Francis John Williamson - NPG 1178

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, published by T. Fisher Unwin, after  George Frederic Watts - NPG Ax199209

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

published by T. Fisher Unwin, after George Frederic Watts
photogravure, published 1893 (1859)
NPG Ax199209

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Oscar Gustav Rejlander - NPG x12998

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Oscar Gustav Rejlander - NPG x7950

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, after James Mudd - NPG Ax18237

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by James Mudd - NPG x8005

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by James Mudd
albumen print, 1861
NPG x8005

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, after James Mudd - NPG Ax7608

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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

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