Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1867
12 5/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (321 mm x 252 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson (1809-1892), Poet Laureate. Sitter in 97 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), Pioneer photographer. Artist associated with 114 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Cameron probably first met Tennyson in 1850, the year he was appointed Poet Laureate, and he was to become one of her most famous sitters. His home from 1853, Farringford House at Freshwater on the Isle of Wight, made him a close neighbour of the Camerons and so frequent a visitor that he had a private gate opened up through the wall of his estate into their garden. Aside from portraits of Tennyson himself, Cameron took photographs to illustrate a number of his works.
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Events of 1867back to top
Current affairsThe Second Reform Act, although effectively a Liberal measure, is expediently passed by the Conservatives, under Disraeli's influence, who believed it would widen Conservative appeal by making the party appear more progressive. The Act extended the vote to 1.5 million working men in British towns, and redistributed 52 seats from towns with populations under 10,000 to the newer urban towns.
Art and scienceKarl Marx publishes his hugely influential Das Kapital, whilst living and researching in London. Its proclaimed aim was 'to lay bare the economic law of motion of modern society', and it presented mid-Victorian capitalism in terms of a tragic drama.
Henry Irving rises to fame on the London stage, performing alongside Ellen Terry for the first time, beginning their famous theatrical association.
InternationalFrancis Joseph, the Emperor of Austria, becomes King of Hungary, and thus ruler of the 'dual monarchy' of Austria-Hungary.
The dominion of Canada is formed, as the British North America Act unites four British colonies, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec. The Act defines much of Canada's constitution and operation of government, and Canada's dominion status is the first of its kind.
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