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Thomas Carlyle

Engraving of Thomas Carlyle

19th Century

A copy of a photograph by Elliot & Fry.  This steel plate engraving of Thomas Carlyle shows the writer seated, with his hands resting on a walking stick.  Detail beneath - THOMAS CARLYLE / Engraved from a Photograph by Elliott & Fry / WILLIAM MACKENZIE, LONDON, EDINBURGH & GLASGOW.


The firm of Elliott & Fry was founded in 1863 by Joseph John Elliott (1835 = 1903) and Clarence Edmund Fry, who opened their first premises at 55 Baker Street where they stayed at until 1886. The firm employed a variety of operators who took the photographs, including Francis Henry Hart and Alfred James Philpott in the Edwardian era, Herbert Lambert in the 1920s and 1930s and subsequently William Flowers. In the early 1940s the studio was bombed and most of the early negatives were destroyed. Shortly after the firm's Centenary in 1963 it was taken over by and amalgamated with Bassano & Vandyk. The National Portrait Gallery owns all the surviving negatives.

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55 Baker Street, Portman Square, London W.
height 251mm, width 178mm
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
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Dumfries & Galloway Council