Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, May 1865
9 1/8 in. x 7 1/4 in. (233 mm x 183 mm)
Given by Royal Historical Society, 1952
Sitterback to top
- Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson (1809-1892), Poet Laureate. Sitter in 95 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), Pioneer photographer. Artist associated with 113 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Tennyson's home from 1853, Farringford house at Freshwater on the Isle of Wight, made him a close neighbour of Julia Margaret Cameron and she photographed him and his family on a number of occasions. Tennyson famously referred to this portrait of him as that showing the 'Dirty Monk'.
Events of 1865back to top
Current affairsElizabeth Garrett Anderson is the first female to be awarded a doctor's licence. She is also involved in collecting signatures for the Manchester Suffrage Committee, the first suffrage organisation, formed this year. John Stuart Mill was also elected to parliament this year on the platform of women's suffrage.
Palmerston dies in October, and is replaced as leader of the Liberal government by his Foreign Secretary, Lord Russell.
Art and scienceLewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland is published, inspired by Carroll's relationship (as Oxford don Sir Charles Dodgson) with his friend Henry George Liddell's daughter Alice.
Matthew Arnold publishes the first series of Essays in Criticism, a defining text in the development of English literature as an academic discipline.
InternationalIn the American civil war, Robert E. Lee surrenders the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant, leading to the surrender of the Confederacy's remaining field armies. A few days later, US President Abraham Lincoln is shot dead by Confederate sympathiser John Wilkes Booth. Later this year slavery is officially abolished after years of fierce campaigning. In response, the first branch of the Ku Klux Klan is founded on Christmas Eve.
Exhibitions and displays
- Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography
From 1 March 2018
- Portrait of the Day: Julie Margaret Cameron
15 December, 12:30
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