Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron, May 1865 - NPG x18024 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, arched top, May 1865
9 3/4 in. x 7 7/8 in. (249 mm x 201 mm)
Photographs Collection
NPG x18024

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  • Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), Pioneer photographer. Artist associated with 113 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.

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Julia Margaret Cameron was one of the first and remains one of the greatest portrait photographers. The wife of a coffee-planter in Ceylon, she took up photography in her late forties, strongly influenced by the mid-Victorian fascination for High Renaissance painting and by the Romantic medievalism of the pre-Raphaelites. Before taking up photography, she had bought two cottages at Freshwater on the Isle of Wight, which she called 'Dimbola' after her house in Ceylon. Tennyson, who had long been a friend, was now a neighbour. He was to be one of her most important sources of inspiration, both in her illustrations for his Idylls of the King and, more generally, as a source for her style of poetic romance. She photographed him on a number of occasions. This was the version he liked best, writing under it, 'I prefer the Dirty Monk to the others of me.'

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