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Visit Carlyle's statue

Statue of Thomas Carlyle in Embankment Gardens

Near the house, at the river end of Cheyne Row in the Embankment Gardens, stands a bronze statue of Carlyle, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm. It was unveiled in 1882, a year after Carlyle's death.

The statue was described as 'one of the greatest portrait statues of the century' Charles Darwin, Robert Browning and William Morris all helped to pay for it.

Thomas Carlyle

A carbon photograph of Thomas Carlyle by Elliott

A carbon photograph of Thomas Carlyle by Elliott

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881) was a writer and historian. He was the leading literary lion of the 1840 - 50s. His followers included Charles Dickens, Robert Browning and George Eliot.

The Victorian literati flocked to Carlyle's house here in Chelsea. Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote 'We have passed an evening with Carlyle; he is one of the most interesting men I could imagine, one of the great sights in England to my mind. I am a Carlyle adorer!'