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Alfred Austin

(1835-1913), Poet Laureate

Sitter in 10 portraits
Austin studied and practised law for several years before turning to the writing of literature. He published his first major poetic work, The Season: a Satire, in 1861. Austin went on to publish over forty volumes of verse, prose idylls, novels, and books of criticism. However, his poetry was not highly regarded by his contemporaries, and is now little remembered. In 1866 Austin became a leader writer for the Standard, a position he held for over thirty years. He also edited the National Review for several years. Austin succeeded Alfred, Lord Tennyson as Poet Laureate in 1896, although his appointment was probably based more on his services to the Tory party than on his poetic ability.

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Alfred Austin, by Unknown photographer - NPG P1700(12c)

Alfred Austin

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, circa 1894
NPG P1700(12c)

Alfred Austin, by Sir Leslie Ward - NPG 1768

Alfred Austin

by Sir Leslie Ward
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 20 February 1896
NPG 1768

Alfred Austin, by Sir Leslie Ward - NPG 4845

Alfred Austin

by Sir Leslie Ward
watercolour, variant of drawing published in Vanity Fair 20 February 1896
NPG 4845

Alfred Austin, published by Ogden's - NPG x197018

Alfred Austin

published by Ogden's
cigarette card, published circa 1896-1907
NPG x197018

Alfred Austin, by Frederic G. Hodsoll - NPG Ax25156

Alfred Austin

by Frederic G. Hodsoll
bromide print, 1900s
NPG Ax25156

Alfred Austin, by Frederic G. Hodsoll - NPG Ax25174

Alfred Austin

by Frederic G. Hodsoll
bromide print, 1903
NPG Ax25174

Alfred Austin, by Frederic G. Hodsoll - NPG Ax25155

Alfred Austin

by Frederic G. Hodsoll
bromide print, 1913
NPG Ax25155

Alfred Austin ('Men of the Day. No. 642.'), by Sir Leslie Ward - NPG D44791

Alfred Austin ('Men of the Day. No. 642.')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 20 February 1896
NPG D44791

Alfred Austin, by Paul Hermann Naumann, after  James Russell & Sons - NPG D45896

Alfred Austin

by Paul Hermann Naumann, after James Russell & Sons
wood engraving, published in the Illustrated London News 23 January 1897
NPG D45896

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Alfred Austin

by Herbert Rose Barraud
albumen cabinet card, 1870s-1900s
NPG x135

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