Thomas Woolner
Alfred Tennyson 1856

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Thomas Woolner 1825–1892
Alfred Tennyson
Date 1856
Medium Plaster
Dimensions Support, circular: 260 x 260 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1988
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1840

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This is a plaster cast of one of the best-known portrait reliefs of the poet Alfred Tennyson. Thomas Woolner considered it the best portrait roundel he had ever made, even though he had to adapt it. Tennyson’s wife, Emily, asked him to shorten the nose and make the profile more noble.Tennyson’s poetry was a rich source of inspiration to the Pre-Raphaelites and may have known him from as early as 1848. Woolner was the only sculptor in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

July 2007

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