Tennyson Transformed explores how the life and work of the great Victorian Poet Laureate was interpreted by artists, illustrators, photographers and other creative practitioners. This book evaluates several strands of Tennyson's influence on Victorian visual culture, and sheds new light on this crucial aspect of his influence. Including discussion of well-known paintings such as J.W. Waterhouse's Lady of Shalott and other Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces, the book looks beyond the obvious to uncover the breadth of media used to express Tennysonian themes. Book illustration, photography, engraving and sculpture are examined alongside previously unpublished archival material, such as the proof woodcuts for the famous 'Moxon Tennyson' of 1857.
Including essays by leading specialists in the field and followed by a catalogue of seminal objects and images, Tennyson Transformed is essential reading for both the specialist and the enthusiast. Literary scholars and art historians will find fascinating new connections between the art and literature of the nineteenth century.
Dr Jim Cheshire is Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and Design at the University of Lincoln and author of Stained Glass and the Victorian Gothic Revival, 2004. Colin Ford CBE, now a freelance writer, curator and lecturer was founding Director of the National Media Museum and Director of the National Museums and Galleries of Wales. Dr John Lord is a freelance writer, lecturer and sculptor and was formerly editor of the Journal of the Church Monuments Society. Professor Leonee Ormond is Professor Emerita of King's College London and specialises in 19th-century literature and the fine arts. She is author of Alfred Tennyson: A Literary Life. Ben Stoker is a research assistant at the Tennyson Research Centre and part of the curatorial team working on Tennyson Transformed (The Collection, Lincoln). Dr Julia Thomas is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University and specialises in Victorian visual culture and illustration studies.