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Lord Tennyson (6th August 1809 - 6th October 1892)

Lord Tennyson (6th August 1809 - 6th October 1892)

Photographer: Cameron, Julia Margaret (1815 - 1879)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: 1757.b.14

Item number: 19

Length: 16.9

Width: 12

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom after William Wordsworth. In the descriptive notes which accompany this photograph, fellow photographer Peter Henry Emerson praises Julia Margaret Cameron's study as "A masterly work, with all the breadth of effect and vigorous simplicity that belongs to great art. Reminds me of Velasquez..."
Nearly all of Cameron's work was done in a studio of the simplest kind. She writes: 'I turned my coal-house into my dark-room, and a glazed foul-house I had given to my children became my glass-house. The hens were liberated, I hope and I believe not eaten, and all hands and hearts sympathized in my new labour, and the society of hens and chickens was soon changed for that of poets, prophets, painters and lovely maidens, who all in turn have immortalized the humble little farm erection.' The glass-house was fitted with simple white roller-blinds; no head-rests or other abominations finding place there."
Descriptive text by P H Emerson from 'Sun Artists' (Number 5)

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