Jane Baillie Welsh, Mrs Thomas Carlyle, 1801 - 1866. Wife of the historian Thomas Carlyle
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Jane Baillie Welsh, Mrs Thomas Carlyle, 1801 - 1866. Wife of the historian Thomas Carlyle 1826

On Display PORTRAIT GALLERY

  • Scottish Art
This lively watercolour was made shortly before Jane Welsh married Thomas Carlyle in 1826. Beautiful and brilliant, Jane never really employed her gifts, and theirs was a marriage in which they both loved and frustrated each other. After her death in 1866, Carlyle wrote ' I have no Portrait of my lost Darling; nothing but a Miniature (taken by Macleay shortly before our marriage); it has the fine sunny simile of her face, but wants the sharp delicacy of featuring'. Just four years earlier Jane had mentioned this picture in a letter, describing it as 'a memorial of the three happiest weeks I have lived for a long time'.

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 1123
  • Medium Watercolour on ivory
  • Size 9.50 x 7.60 cm
  • Credit Presented by Alexander Carlyle 1930