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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1867 - NPG P284 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1867
12 5/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (321 mm x 252 mm)
Purchased, 1984
Primary Collection
NPG P284


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  • Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), Pioneer photographer. Artist associated with 112 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.

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Cameron probably first met Tennyson in 1850, the year he was appointed Poet Laureate, and he was to become one of her most famous sitters. His home from 1853, Farringford House at Freshwater on the Isle of Wight, made him a close neighbour of the Camerons and so frequent a visitor that he had a private gate opened up through the wall of his estate into their garden. Aside from portraits of Tennyson himself, Cameron took photographs to illustrate a number of his works.

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