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Tennyson's Sleeping Beauty restoration by AdamCuerden Tennyson's Sleeping Beauty restoration by AdamCuerden
This is a restoration by me of an out-of copyright illustration by W.E.F. Britten to Tennyson's Sleeping Beauty. Like a lot of Tennyson poems based on a literary source (and I feel such a geek for having noticed this) Tennyson only focuses on a tiny part of the whole. This will become more and more clear as I go through the set. Hence, the poem leaves out all the setup and the conclusion, instead describing what her sleep was like.

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Year after year unto her feet,
She lying on her couch alone,
Across the purpled coverlet,
The maiden's jet-black hair has grown,
On either side her tranced form
Forth streaming from a braid of pearl:
The slumbrous light is rich and warm,
And moves not on the rounded curl.

The silk star-broider'd coverlid
Unto her limbs itself doth mould
Languidly ever; and, amid
Her full black ringlets downward roll'd,
Glows forth each softly-shadow'd arm,
With bracelets of the diamond bright:
Her constant beauty doth inform
Stillness with love, and day with light.

She sleeps: her breathings are not heard
In palace chambers far apart.
The fragrant tresses are not stirr'd
That lie upon her charmed heart.
She sleeps: on either hand upswells
The gold-fringed pillow lightly prest:
She sleeps, nor dreams, but ever dwells
A perfect form in perfect rest.

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Anyway, for more about this set, see


Image is by W.E.F. Britten (1848-1916), source is The Early Poems of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Edited with a Critical Introduction, Commentaries and Notes, together with the Various Readings, a Transcript of the Poems Temporarily and Finally Suppressed and a Bibliography by John Churton Collins. With ten illustrations in Photogravure by W. E. F. Britten. Methuen & Co. 36 Essex Street W. C. London, 1901

This was one of the easier restorations from the set, since a couple of others were absolutely filthy, and are going to be nightmares to clean up. Still, will do the full set.

Took about 4 hours to restore this.
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