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George Frederic Watts (1817 - 1904):
Thomas Carlyle

A949; oil on canvas; 48 x 44 cm.

Prov: Mrs Michael Chapman, the artist's adopted daughter.

Bequeathed by Miss Katherine Elizabeth Lewis, 1961; WA1961.30.

One of three portraits of the Scots historian and essayist, Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), for which sittings are recorded in 1867-8. Watts found Carlyle a difficult subject because he could not conceal his boredom. For his part, Carlyle complained that Watts had made him look 'like a mad labourer'.

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Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.