Poems by Alfred Tennyson

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In 1857 Edward Moxon brought out a new edition of Tennyson’s Poems illustrated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and fellow Pre-Raphaelites William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais. The first two artists created unconventional medievalist images to accompany poems they revered. Rossetti's illustration, created for the poem Sir Galahad, portrays King Arthur’s purest knight resting at a woodland shrine during his quest for the Holy Grail. In the poem, invisible mystical forces tend the shrine, but Rossetti represented female angels clustered beneath the altar, ringing a bell. George Somes Layard wrote in the nineteenth century that "Millais realised, Holman Hunt idealised, and Rossetti transcendentalized the subjects which they respectively illustrated."

Poems by Alfred Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson (British, Somersby, Lincolnshire 1809–1892 Surrey), Illustrations: mezzotint, wood engraving

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