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Sir Charles Lock Eastlake (1793-1865), Painter; President of the Royal Academy and Director of the National Gallery
Sitter associated with 15 portraits
Artist associated with 2 portraits
As one of the first painters to arrive in Italy after the Continent reopened in 1815, Eastlake came to dominate the British colony of artists that existed in Rome during the late 1810s-1820s, and was the driving force behind the establishment of the British academy in Rome. Most days, he would spend dangerously long hours sketching the campagna and its people in the sun, and was consequently nicknamed Carlo the Salamander by his artist-friends. He would later become President of the Royal Academy in 1850, and the first Director of the new National Gallery in 1855. Eastlake was also secretary of the Fine Arts Commission, and published several works relating to art criticism and techniques.
by Charles Bell Birch
pencil, circa 1858