Historian and essayist; from 1837 a recognised literary leader; eulogised heroes and strong governments, mistrusted technological progress and analysed brilliantly the sufferings of the common people; the 'Sage of Chelsea', whose corrosive criticism and uncertain temper became legendary. Carlyle famously complained of Watts's portrait that it was 'decidedly the most insufferable picture that has yet been made of me, a delirious looking mountebank full of violence, awkwardness, atrocity, and stupidity... the fault of Watts is a passionate pursuit of strength'.
Where to see this painting?
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London, England, WC2H 0HE
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