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Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79)

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) 1867

RCIN 2941860

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This portrait of Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), celebrated historian and essayist, was widely admired by Cameron’s artist friends, including Millais, Rossetti and Watts. In 1869 Queen Victoria met Carlyle at a reception at Westminster Abbey. She described him as ‘a strange looking, eccentric old Scotchman, who holds forth in a rather drawling melancholy voice upon Scotland & the utter degeneration of everything!’