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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

19 of 93 portraits of Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, by James Mudd, 1861 - NPG x8005 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by James Mudd
albumen print, 1861
9 5/8 in. x 7 5/8 in. (246 mm x 194 mm)
Purchased, 1966
Photographs Collection
NPG x8005


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  • James Mudd (1821-1906). Artist associated with 10 portraits.

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This is one of the finest early photographs of the poet. It was given wide currency through its publication on 15 April 1861 by the firm of Cundall & Co. Tennyson began to grow his beard in 1857 and never shaved again. The fashion, shared by many of his contemporaries, seems to have been influenced by soldiers returning from the Crimean War (1853-6), where harsh conditions prevented shaving. The same conflict inspired one of his most famous poems, The Charge of the Light Brigade (1855).

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  • Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 59

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