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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.


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.


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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