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Photograph - Dedication page from 'Illustrations to Tennyson's Idylls of the King and Other Poems', vol. 2
  • Dedication page from 'Illustrations to Tennyson's Idylls of the King and Other Poems', vol. 2
    Tennyson, Alfred Lord,, born 1809 - died 1892
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Dedication page from 'Illustrations to Tennyson's Idylls of the King and Other Poems', vol. 2

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    1875 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tennyson, Alfred Lord,, born 1809 - died 1892 (poet)
    Cameron, Julia Margaret, born 1815 - died 1879 (photographer)
    Henry S. King & Co.
    Tennyson, Alfred Lord, (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink on paper

  • Museum number:

    39:2-1939

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 312

In 1874, Julia Margaret Cameron's neighbor, and renowned poet, Alfred Tennyson suggested that Cameron create some illustrations for a new volume of his series of poems on Arthurian legends, "Idylls of the King." In the end, only three images were used, as woodcuts, but the full-size prints were later published in two volumes and were accompanied by excerpts from Tennyson's text and his signature. This is the dedication page from volume two.

Physical description

Printed dedication page in book of poems with photographic illustrations.

Place of Origin

London (printed)

Date

1875 (printed)

Artist/maker

Tennyson, Alfred Lord,, born 1809 - died 1892 (poet)
Cameron, Julia Margaret, born 1815 - died 1879 (photographer)
Henry S. King & Co.
Tennyson, Alfred Lord, (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Dedicated / by gracious permission / to / Her Imperial and Royal Highness / Victoria / The Crown Princess of Germany and Prussia / Princess Royal, / by Julia Margaret Cameron / Freshwater Gate Isle of Wight Xmas 1874'

Dimensions

Height: 44.9 cm book cover, Width: 39 cm book cover, Height: 43 cm page, Width: 33 cm page

Object history note

Originally part of a bound folio volume containing 11 photographs by Cameron and 11 pages of verse text by Tennyson and 3 other text pages (two photographs are missing, the frontispiece image of Tennyson and the last image, 'The Passing of Arthur'). Volume 2 of two albums of illustrations to Tennyson's 'Idylls of the King and other Poems' published by Henry S. King & Co., 1874-75). Each photograph is mounted on bluish mounts with gilt borders.

Descriptive line

Dedication page from 'Illustrations to Tennyson's Idylls of the King and Other Poems', vol. 2, 1875, illustrated with photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron

Categories

Photographs; Books; Allegory; Myths & Legends; A Year of Objects: October, Death of Alfred Lord Tennyson

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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