Sir Theodore Martin(1816-1909), Scottish poet, biographer and translator
Sitter in 10 portraits
Trained in the law, Martin practised as a solicitor in Edinburgh from 1840 to 1845, after which he became head of law firm Martin and Leslie in London. His first contribution to literature was the humorous Bon Gaultier Ballads, written with W.E. Aytoun. These were humorous poems and dialogues, parodying the leading verse of the day. The volume achieved immense popularity and ran to sixteen editions. He also worked on translations including Dante's Vita Nuova and Friedrich Schiller's Wilhelm Tell. Martin is probably best known for his Life of the Prince Consort (1874-80). Queen Victoria commissioned him to write this work and it was to win him her lifelong friendship.
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