1890 Colour Lithograph Portrait of Thomas Carlyle
(Thomas Carlyle)

London: Cassell & Co. Ltd., 1890. A good likeness in colors of Thomas Carlyle; lithographed from a photograph "...by Messrs. Elliott and Fry"; with a facsimile signature below; paper 8" x 11" sheet approx. overall; Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881 British author, biographer, and historian, "...after Carlyle's death, Mary Aitken (with her husband, Alexander Carlyle) and Froude sharply disagreed about how best to serve Carlyle's posthumous reputation, a series of publications brought to light claims and counter-claims about Carlyle's personality and his treatment of his wife. The Froude-Carlyle controversy, as it was called, damaged Carlyle's reputation among the late Victorians. After the First World War Carlyle's reputation suffered for other reasons: his criticisms of democracy along with widespread misunderstanding of his views about the nature of political leadership alienated many; twentieth century readers found uncongenial the intricacies and dramatic flourishes of his prose style. The widely read Victorian prose master came to belong mostly to professional students of literature, language, and history. Among them, his reputation recovered and by the late twentieth century the Carlyles had become a major point of scholarly interest..." (Fred Kaplan in the DNB); this image from the series of biographical portraits in "The Modern Portrait Gallery..." 1st series, by this publisher; light wear; portrait of the important British literary figure in very good condition. Very Good (Item ID: 19936)


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