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Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle, by Domenico Brucciani; Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt, 1875 -NPG 1623 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Carlyle

by Domenico Brucciani, after Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
10 in. x 8 1/2 in. (254 mm x 216 mm)
NPG 1623

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed on the wrist of the left hand: Brucciani & Co/London

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According to a letter written by Edmund Gosse (archives of Carlyle's House, London), Boehm took a cast of Carlyle's hands, while working on his 1875 statue of Carlyle (see NPG 658). The hands in this cast and on the statue are identical. The plaster cast of the hands at Carlyle's House (there is also a bronze cast there), given by Lady Gosse, is not signed by Brucciani & Co, and may be Boehm's original cast. Boehm presumably sold his copyright to Brucciani & Co, who produced an edition of casts.

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Messrs Brucciani, presented by them, 1911.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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