Sir Charles Lock Eastlake (1793-1865), Painter; President of the Royal Academy and Director of the National Gallery
Sitter associated with 14 portraits
Artist associated with 2 portraits
As one of the first painters to arrive in Italy after the Continent reopened in 1815, Charles Eastlake came to dominate the British colony of artists that existed in Rome during the late 1810s and 1820s and was the driving force behind the establishment of the British academy in Rome. He studied at the Royal Academy schools and exhibited at the Royal Academy. Eastlake was made President of the Royal Academy in 1850. He was also secretary of the Fine Arts Commission and published several works relating to art criticism and techniques. He was the first Director of the new National Gallery in 1855.