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The Main Wing, Pavilion and Terrace, Osborne House.

Osborne was an important setting for early royal photography

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79)

Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881) 1867

RCIN 2941860

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Photograph of Thomas Carlyle, head and shoulders, almost profile right.

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 in London. 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!’

Text adapted from Roger Fenton – Julia Margaret Cameron: Early British photographs from the Royal Collection, London (2010)