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Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Historian and essayist

Sitter associated with 80 portraits
Historian and essayist; from 1837 a recognised literary leader; eulogized heroes and strong governments, mistrusted technological progress and analysed brilliantly the sufferings of the common people; the 'Sage of Chelsea', whose corrosive criticism and uncertain temper became legendary.

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Thomas Carlyle

by Edward Matthew Ward
pen and ink
NPG 2894


Thomas Carlyle

by Robert Scott Tait
salt print, 1851
NPG P171(6)


Thomas Carlyle

by Robert Scott Tait
salt print, 1851
NPG P171(7)


Thomas Carlyle

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of medallion, 1855
NPG 1241


Thomas Carlyle

by Charles Bell Birch
pen and ink, 1859
NPG 2520


Thomas Carlyle

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1867
NPG P122


Thomas Carlyle

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, printed in reverse, 1867
NPG P123


Thomas Carlyle

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1868
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1002


Thomas Carlyle

by Sir George Scharf
pen and ink, 1874
NPG 2794


Thomas Carlyle

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
terracotta cast of bust, circa 1875
NPG 658


Thomas Carlyle

by Domenico Brucciani, after Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
plaster cast of hands, 1875
NPG 1623


Thomas Carlyle

by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
oil on canvas, 1877
On display at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG 968


Thomas Carlyle

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3558


Thomas Carlyle

by Sir Alfred Gilbert
plaster cast of death-mask, 1881
NPG 1361


Thomas Carlyle

by Robert Scott Tait
albumen print, 1851
NPG x139794


Thomas Carlyle

by Robert Scott Tait
carbon print, 31 July 1854
NPG x34156


Thomas Carlyle

by Robert Scott Tait
salt print on cream card mount, 1855
NPG x5641


Thomas Carlyle

possibly by Charles Thurston Thompson
albumen print, circa 1859
NPG x1344


Thomas Carlyle

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax17815


Thomas Carlyle

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax18216

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