Thomas Woolner

Alfred Tennyson

1856

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Thomas Woolner 1825–1892
Medium
Plaster
Dimensions
Support, circular: 260 x 260 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1988
Reference
T05515

Display caption

Woolner was the only sculptor in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. This plaster cast is one of the best-known portrait reliefs of the poet Alfred Tennyson. Woolner considered it the best portrait roundel he had ever made, even though he had to adapt it to appease the poet’s wife, Emily, who requested that he shorten the nose to ennoble the profile. Tennyson’s poetry was a rich source of inspiration to the Pre-Raphaelites.

Gallery label, November 2016

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