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Photograph - Text of poem 'Geraint and Enid' from '<i>Illustrations to Tennyson's Idylls of the King and Other Poems </i>', vol. 1
  • Text of poem 'Geraint and Enid' from 'Illustrations to Tennyson's Idylls of the King and Other Poems ', vol. 1
    Tennyson, Alfred Lord,, born 1809 - died 1892
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Text of poem 'Geraint and Enid' from 'Illustrations to Tennyson's Idylls of the King and Other Poems ', vol. 1

  • 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

  • Credit Line:

    The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the V&A, acquired with the generous assistance of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    RPS.1092:19-2017

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case XRP, shelf 104

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 a page of text from volume one.

Physical description

Printed page of poem text 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

"Geraint and Enid

So fared it with Geraint, who thought and said,
'Here, by God’s grace, is the one voice for me.’

It chanced the song that Enid sang was one
Of Fortune and her wheel, and Enid sang:

'Turn, Fortune, turn thy wheel and lower the proud;
Turn thy wild wheel through sunshine, storm, and cloud;
Thy wheel and thee we neither love nor hate.

‘Turn, Fortune, turn thy wheel with smile or frown;
With that wild wheel we go not up or down;
Our hoard is little, but our hearts are great.

‘Smile and we smile, the lords of many lands;
Frown and we smile, the lords of our own hands;
For man is man and master of his fate.

‘Turn, turn thy wheel above the staring crowd;
Thy wheel and thou are shadows in the cloud;
Thy wheel and thee we neither love nor hate.'

A Tennyson"

Dimensions

Height: 445 cm book cover, Width: 348 mm book cover, Height: 430 mm page, Width: 330 mm page

Descriptive line

Text of poem 'Geraint and Enid' from 'Illustrations to Tennyson's Idylls of the King and Other Poems ', vol. 1, 1875, illustrated with photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Printed and published; Photography

Categories

Photographs; Myths & Legends; Books; The Royal Photographic Society; RPS Digitisation Project

Collection

Royal Photographic Society Collection

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