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Sir Charles Lock Eastlake

 (1793 - 1865)
Sir Charles Lock Eastlake was active/lived in England, United Kingdom.  Sir Charles Eastlake is known for Historical genre and female portrait painting.

Sir Charles Lock Eastlake

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Biography from Christie's London, King Street

Sir Charles Eastlake, polymath and embodiment of the early Victorian art establishment, enjoyed a dazzling series of appointments. In 1850 he was elected President of the Royal Academy and knighted. In 1851, he served as a commissioner for the Great Exhibition, and in 1855 he was made Director of the National Gallery, holding the post in tandem with that of PRA until his death ten years later. To his initiative are due many of the greatest and best-loved masterpieces in the collection.

The present picture was exhibited at the RA in 1834.  The sitter was the daughter of Lady Charlotte Bury and her second husband, the Rev. John Bury, rector of Lichfield in Hampshire. Lady Charlotte was the youngest child of the 5th Duke of Argyll, and her mother's first marriage had been to the 6th Duke of Hamilton.  Attractive and vivacious she was appointed lady-in-waiting to Queen Caroline, the ill-fated consort of George IV. 

Like many of Eastlake's portraits of female sitters, Miss Bury is a 'fancy picture', seeking to transcend the limitations of portraiture by a telling use of costume, accessories and general associations. The girl's long fair hair, the lilies in her hand and the arched-top format of the canvas, all suggest that we are looking at the likeness of a Saint, possibly even the Madonna herself. Clearly Eastlake is drawing heavily on his knowledge of early Italian painting and the work of the Nazarenes with whom he had fraternized when living in Rome at the start of his career.

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About  Sir Charles Lock Eastlake

Born:  1793
Died:   1865
Known for:  Historical genre and female portrait painting