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Thomas Carlyle

4 of 10 portraits on display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery

Thomas Carlyle, by George Frederic Watts, 1868 - NPG 1002 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thomas Carlyle

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1868
26 in. x 21 in. (660 mm x 533 mm)
Given by George Frederic Watts, 1895
Primary Collection
NPG 1002

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  • Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Historian and essayist. Sitter associated with 79 portraits.

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  • George Frederic Watts (1817-1904), Painter and sculptor. Artist associated with 85 portraits, Sitter in 43 portraits.

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Carlyle famously complained of Watts's portrait that it was decidedly the most insufferable picture that has yet been made of me, a delirious looking mountebank full of violence, awkardness, atrocity, and stupidity...the fault of Watts is a passionate pursuit of strength.

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