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A.E. Housman

(1859-1936), Poet and classical scholar

Alfred Edward ('A.E') Housman

Sitter in 4 portraits
As Professor of Latin at University College, London, Housman combined teaching with academic research and writing producing learned papers as well as editions of Ovid (1894) and Juvenal(1905). During this period he produced his best known work: the cycle of poems, A Shropshire Lad (1896). Though not an instant success, the volume gradually won a large audience. His celebration of landscapes and a rural life distinctively and traditionally English made him one of the most familiar and highly regarded poets of his time. In 1911 he became Chair of Latin at Cambridge, which later became the Kennedy Professorship, spending the next twenty-five years lecturing on textual criticism and pursuing his academic studies.

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A.E. Housman, by William Rothenstein - NPG 3873

A.E. Housman

by William Rothenstein
sanguine and black chalk, 1906
NPG 3873

A.E. Housman, by Theodore Spicer-Simson - NPG 2051

A.E. Housman

by Theodore Spicer-Simson
plasticine medallion, 1922
NPG 2051

A.E. Housman, by E.O. Hoppé - NPG x7765

A.E. Housman

by E.O. Hoppé
vintage bromide print, circa 1911
NPG x7765

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