CARLYLE, THOMAS (1795-1881, essayist and historian)
ONE OF JULIA MARGARET CAMERON'S MASTERPIECES. Believing that she had successfully captured him in a heroic posture, Cameron inscribed some prints of Carlyle with the caption: 'Carlyle like a rough block of Michelangelo's sculpture.'
Of this portrait, taken one day at Holland House, Roger Fry said: 'Neither Whistler nor Watts comes near to this in the breadth of the conception, in the logic of the plastic evocations, and neither approach the pregnancy of this revelation of character.'
Julia Margaret Cameron herself wrote of her portraits of the great: 'When I have such men before my camera, my whole soul has endeavoured to do its duty towards them in recording faithfully the greatness of the inner as well as the features of the outer man.' See Lot 230, also given to Mrs Leaf.