Kenneth Macleay

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

About this artwork

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'.

Kenneth Macleay

Kenneth Macleay