Thomas and Jane Carlyle at home

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The Carlyles in their sitting room at 24 Cheyne Row

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Thomas and Jane Carlyle at home

Thomas Carlyle was born in Scotland in 1795 and married Jane Walsh in 1826. The couple moved to London when Carlyle's work as a historian and essayists became recognised. They arrived at 24 Cheyne Row on 10 June 1834 in a hansom cab with their pet canary. Looking carefully a birdcage can be seen in the room behind. As his reputation grew the couple entertained all the great writers and thinkers of the day in this room. Guests included Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, Charles Darwin, John Stuart Mill and Robert Owen.

Location of original: Chelsea Print Room D1633
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