Thomas Carlyle - SW3

Thomas Carlyle - SW3 Thomas Carlyle - SW3

Erection date: 1901


Thomas Carlyle
Lived at 24 Cheyne Row 1834-1881.
This tablet was erected by the Carlyle Society.
CFA Voysey Delt.
B Creswick Sc.
{All but the name are inscribed very small.}

This is where Carlyle died.

We know 'Sc.' indicates the sculptor, but 'Delt.'?  We asked a member of the museum staff who told us it is short for 'delinxit', meaning ‘he/she designed it’ but we couldn’t confirm that so we asked our Latin consultant, David Hopkins, who said: "… there isn’t a Latin verb with past tense 'delinxit'.  (If there was, it would be from 'delingo' and it would mean 'he licked it off'!)  I can’t find a standard abbreviation 'delt.' either.  My guess would be that it is probably the same as 'del.', which is short for 'delineavit' (= 'he sketched it')."

The museum person had just misremembered the Latin word. But now we all know how to say 'he licked it off' in Latin, so well worth the investigation.

Site: Thomas Carlyle - SW3 (1 memorial)

SW3, Cheyne Row, 24

Plaque erected on this site 1888 when the house number was 5.

Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of

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Thomas Carlyle - SW3

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Thomas Carlyle (author)

Historian, essayist and co-founder of the National Portrait Gallery. Born in ...

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Benjamin Creswick

Sculptor. 1880s-1920s active around Birmingham. His best known work in London...

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Charles Francis Annesley Voysey

Architect and designer. Born near Hull, Yorkshire. Influenced by William Morr...

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