William Ordway Partridge (1861-1930) [RA 1898-1930] : Portrait of Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892), 1899.



SAL record control number: 87356 ;

Record level: Item ;

Record type: Movable work ;


Work title: Portrait of Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)  [from SAL curator] ;

Alternate work titles:
2021 : Portrait of Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)  [from SAL curator] ;
1989 : Tennyson  [from collection list] ;

Work date: 1899  [from collection list] ;

Work creator: William Ordway Partridge (1861-1930) ;

Work medium: Plaster ;
Work dimensions: 21-1/2 x 14 x 9 inches ;

Inscribed / signed front:
Location: Engraved on base.
Dated?: No.


Marking type: Label on back.
Location: On back.
Text: ‘Tennyson 1899 / Sculpture / William O. Partridge / 3L’.

SAL category: Sculpture ;
SAL sub-category: Portrait ; bust ;

Archives of American Art subjects:
Art — American
Art ― Private collections ― New York (State)
Art ― Private collections ― New York (State) ― Salmagundi
Figure male
Portrait — Head and shoulders
Sculpture — Plaster
Sculpture — Portrait
Sculpture — Portrait — Bust
Sculpture — Portrait — Bust — Notable person
Sculpture — Portrait — Bust — Notable person — Portrait of Lord Alfred Tennyson, 1809-1892

Description of work:

William Ordway Partridge was an American sculptor who studied in New York City, in Paris under William-Adolphe Bouguereau and in Rome, Italy.

Created around 1899, this plaster cast by William Ordway Partridge is one of several the sculptor created within a literary theme. The series included John Milton, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Henry Van Dyke.

Tennyson’s biographer and critic who owned a marble example of the present bust, praised the present model, writing, “This head of Tennyson is the best portrait of the poet extant…This is essentially the head of the music-master of any age. The spirit’s impatient, patient battle with the eternal drag of material things is written on these features. That Tennyson fought the battle well is known in his long life, his great work.”


ca.1899 SCNY, gift of the artist [possibly], accession #2007.959 ;
1899 William Ordway Partridge (1861-1930) [RA 1898-1930], the artist .

Exhibition history:
2021 SCNY 1880-something : Victorian art at its height August 1 – September 30.

References / citations:
– Collection database, accession #2007.959.
– 1989 collection list, accession #S-13.



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