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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Overview

Creator: Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79) (photographer)
Creation Date: 
1867
Materials: 
Albumen print
Dimensions: 
31.6 x 24.7 cm
RCIN 
2941860
Reference(s): 
C&C 128
Acquirer: Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901), when Queen of the United Kingdom (1837-1901)
Provenance: 
Purchased by Queen Victoria
Description:

Photograph of Thomas Carlyle, head and shoulders, almost profile right.

This portrait of Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), celebrated historian and essayist, was widely admired by Cameron’s artist friends, including Millais, Rossetti and Watts. In 1869 Queen Victoria met Carlyle at a reception at Westminster Abbey. She described him as ‘a strange looking, eccentric old Scotchman, who holds forth in a rather drawling melancholy voice upon Scotland & the utter degeneration of everything!’

Text adapted from Roger Fenton – Julia Margaret Cameron: Early British photographs from the Royal Collection, London, 2010

Further details

Additional Creators: Colnaghi, Paul & Dominic : 14 Pall Mall East (seller)
Category: 
Photographs