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A portrait of Lady Tennyson (nee Sellwood) July 9, 1813-August 10, 1896

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Lady Tennyson, Emily Sarah Sellwood by Helen Allingham, 1880, Tennyson Research Centre, Lincolnshire, England
"A late watercolor drawing by Helen Allingham, now at the Tennyson Centre at Lincoln, comes as near to my memory as such a work can do. It shows a face with many traces of suffering. Perhaps it misses my grandmother’s strong sense of humor. I don’t remember ever hearing her laugh, but she had the most engaging smile."  Sir Charles Tennyson Painter, Helen Allingham was an artist in her own right married to William Allingham. The couple were good friends of The Tennysons and upon their last visit with them, this time at their home Aldworth, Haslemere, Surrey, Helen painted Alfred Tennyson's portrait along with his dog, Don, who sadly died the day after it was painted. According to William Allingham, it was Alfred who had asked Helen if she would paint his wife. She complied and painted her portrait the same day she painted Alfred's dog, Don.  Although, I could …

William Henry Fox Talbot (11 February 1800 – 17 September 1877) and The Pencil of Nature!

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Today was a very difficult day for me, for reasons I will keep to myself for now. Suffice it to say, I found myself wandering through Bryant Park ending up at the New York Public Library on 42nd Street. The famous large library with the two lions outside the main entrance. I thought the exhibit on Frank Sinatra was there, and wanted to take a quick look. However, a security guard told me it was  a different library. Oh well, I was going to leave when I saw a giant image of a camera on one of their marble walls saying, Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography.  Hm, I do believe in signs, so I walked in and the first table I saw had a book entitled,'The Pencil of Nature' by William Henry Fox Talbot.  I smiled immediately, recognizing the name and era. This book is tagged, "first photographically illustrated book to be commercially published" between 1844 and 46; pre-dating my beloved Julia Margaret Cameron. It was an interesting exhibit covering 175 years of photo…