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You are invited to a party at The Brownings

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Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron
One of the most enduring friendships of the Victorian era was that of poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Alfred and Emily Tennyson.  It lasted throughout their lifetimes. However, I've always wondered how it started?
 According to, Alfred Lord Tennyson:  A Memoir by his son (Baron Hallam Tennyson) it was Frederic Tennyson, Alfred's older brother who was living in Florence, Italy where his friends The Brownings were visiting at the same time Alfred happened to be there. As it happens, all got on well and as you do both poets said they must get together when they are back in England. 
Portman Square, London, England, 1850s The Brownings lived at 13 Dorset Street at this time
On September 27, 1855, friends such as: Arabella Browning (Roberts sister), Poet Laureate Tennyson, painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his brother William Michael Rossetti amongst others gathered at 13 Dorset S…