Dr. George Carlyle

Artist: Unknown
Date: ca. 1757

Dr. George Carlyle lived in the town of Kendal and then in the nearby town of Carlisle in Cumbria, England. He was the brother of John Carlyle who lived in Alexandria. He sent a portrait of himself along with his parents, William and Rachel Carlyle to John Carlyle.

“Your Reasons for Not Sending the Pictures I Desired, I am Satisfyed With, but Wish you had Sent them as it has Turned out, Now I think it prudent to Wait to See Whether We May hope for Peace before they are Sent” – John Carlyle to George Carlyle, 10 August 1757

“You cannot have more pleasure in Yt Picture then I have in mine & hope you’l Live long & Continue to have yr health & Look Like what yr picture now does” – John Caryle to George Carlyle, 1 August 1766

“3 family pictures” worth £15 appear in John Carlyle’s probate inventory, 1780

The portrait represents a man wearing white wig. He wears a brown jacket and matching waistcoat and is turned three-quarters to his right. He appears inside a painted oval.

See: J.F. Carlyle, ed., “The Personal and Family Correspondence of Col. John Carlyle” (2011); Gunston Hall Probate Inventory Database.

Family: Carlyle
Decade: 1750s
Credits: Courtesy Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, Virginia.