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Alfred Tennyson, 1856 — Thomas Woolner, Tate Britain

Alfred Tennyson

Thomas Woolner

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Thomas Woolner was the only sculptor in the idealistic boy band known as the Pre Raphellite Brotherhood. A posse of young poets and painters, The Brotherhood was obsessed with the classical verses of England’s poet laureate Lord Alfred Tennyson. Woolner was 24 when he first met his hero — and while the poet was 16 years his senior, Woolner and Tennyson became good friends. Woolner created this plaster relief when Tennyson was 47, and considered it the best portrait roundel he’d made — though Tennyson’s wife requested he shorten the poet’s nose.

Submitted by Reed Enger
  1. tate.org.uk
  2. tennysonsbirthplace.co.uk
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