Thomas Carlyle by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm Bart., R.A. (1834-90. 1881. Bronze. Location: Chelsea Embankment, London SW1. [Click on images to enlarge them.]

According to the plaque accompanying the marble version in National Galleries of Scotland, this sculptural portrait of Carlyle was first modelled from life. Fred Kaplan lists the marble version first as well, describing the one in Cheyne Walk as "a related bronze statue."

Details: Carlyle's shoes and his books.

Details of Boehm's statue, another version, and Thomas Carlyle

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Beattie, Susan. The New Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983. Plate 10.

Read, Benedict. Victorian Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982. P. 337, Plate 402.

Last modified 4 September 2011