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Elizabeth (née Rigby), Lady Eastlake (1809-1893), Journalist and writer on art
Sitter in 10 portraits
Artist associated with 10 portraits
In 1838, she went to visit her sister in Reval in Russia (now Tallinn, Estonia). She stayed until 1841 and her letters were published as A Residence on the Shores of the Baltic (1841). The success of this travel book led to writing for various magazines, including another anonymous piece on 'Lady Travellers' in the Quarterly Review in 1845. Elsewhere she attacked Jane Eyre, which she was sure was by a man and wrote various articles on art history. In 1849 she married Sir Charles Eastlake. She returned twice to Reval and made trips to Europe with her husband to look at paintings. She had a wide circle of friends including Charles Dickens and William Gladstone.