Lord Tennyson. Poet-Laureate. 1851-1892. Tennyson [facsimile signature inside plate.]
London, Published by W.H. Coaten. 83, Charlotte St. Fitzroy Sq.re W. [n.d. c.1870.]
Scarce Proof lithograph on india. Sheet 610 x 345mm. 14 x 13½". Soiling in margins. Tears into margin.
Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson (1809 - 1892), Poet Laureate. Tennyson was made a baron in 1883, the first writer to be so honoured. At this time he wrote a number of verse plays on historical themes such as Queen Mary (1875) and Becket (1884). The great poet was generally seen as being beyond criticism but Sir Henry Irving rudely complained that, 'Tennyson is a great poet, but he cannot write plays. What a pity he tries, they are the greatest rubbish!'
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