7 of 80 portraits of Thomas Carlyle
by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, printed in reverse, 1867
13 1/4 in. x 11 1/4 in. (337 mm x 286 mm)
Given by Alfred Jones, 1922
Click on the links below to find out more:
Sitterback to top
- Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Historian and essayist. Sitter associated with 80 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), Pioneer photographer. Artist associated with 113 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The idea that learning about the lives of the famous could make us feel good about ourselves and our history, was taken up in an extraordinary way by the British historian Thomas Carlyle. He was also fascinated by faces and believed that a portrait was worth half a dozen biographies. Carlyle imagined that people would be uplifted by spending time in the company of the 'greats'. This Victorian ideal was behind the establishment of the National Portrait Gallery.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Funnell, Peter (introduction); Marsh, Jan, A Guide to Victorian and Edwardian Portraits, 2011, p. 47
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 137
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 137
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 104
- Truss, Lynne, Character Sketches: Tennyson and His Circle, 1999, p. 28
See this portrait
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
Exhibitions and displays
- Simon Schama’s Face of Britain
Until 4 January 2016