- Extended Catalogue Entry
by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
oil on canvas, 1877
46 in. x 34 3/4 in. (1168 mm x 883 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Historian and essayist. Sitter associated with 83 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt (1829-1896), Painter and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 41 portraits, Sitter in 74 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The artist was dissatisfied with the progress of this portrait, and did not finish it, however Carlyle sitter described it as ‘strikingly like in every feature.'
Linked publicationsback to top
- Funnell, Peter; Warner, Malcolm, Millais: Portraits, 1999 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 19 February to 6 June 1999), p. 165
- Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 87
- Piper, David, The English Face, 1992, p. 226
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 104
Events of 1877back to top
Current affairsTrial of social activists Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh following their publication of a book by the American birth-control campaigner Charles Knowlton, which suggested that working class families should be able to practice birth control. Although found guilty, the case was thrown out on a technical fault.
Art and scienceThe Grosevenor Gallery opens, founded by Sir Coutts Lindsay, as a rival to the Royal Academy. It exhibited work by artists such as Edward Burne-Jones and Walter Crane, outside of the British mainstream, and became famous as the home of the Aesthetic movement.
The first Lawn Tennis Championship is held at Wimbledon with around 20 male competitors, witnessed by a few hundred spectators. Spencer Gore the first singles champion, wins 12 guineas.
InternationalThe American inventor Thomas Edison invents the tin foil phonograph, combining the technologies of the telegraph and telephone. Experimenting with a stylus on a tinfoil cylinder, he recorded and played back the short message 'Mary had a little lamb'.
See this portrait
On display in Room 22 at the National Portrait Gallery