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Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson

attributed to James Spedding
pencil, circa 1831
7 3/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. (197 mm x 140 mm)
Purchased, 1955
Primary Collection
NPG 3940

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  • James Spedding (1808-1881), Author and editor of the works of Francis Bacon. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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This drawing was found inserted into an edition of Tennyson's Works in the 1950s and is generally accepted as being by James Spedding, who made a similar, informal drawing of Tennyson reading in 1835. Tennyson and Spedding met as undergraduates at Trinity College, Cambridge and remained close friends until Spedding's death in 1881.

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