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Thomas Carlyle, 1795 - 1881. Historian and essayist

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Thomas Carlyle, 1795 - 1881. Historian and essayist About 1879

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  • Scottish Art
A giant of nineteenth-century thought, Thomas Carlyle was the son of a stone-mason and was born in Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire. After graduating from Edinburgh University, he began to produce the articles, translations, essays and histories which were to make him world-famous. Carlyle and his gifted wife Jane lived in London, and their home in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, became a place of pilgrimage for intellectuals from all over Europe. Greaves was a neighbour and made the studies for this portrait while Carlyle was sitting for James McNeil Whistler.


  • Acc. No. PG 982
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 62.90 x 40.60 cm (framed: 86.50 x 64.20 x 2.70 cm)
  • Credit Presented by Arthur Kay 1925