Sir Charles Lock Eastlake

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Sir Charles Lock Eastlake, by John Partridge, 1825 - NPG 3944(22) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Charles Lock Eastlake

by John Partridge
pencil, 1825
9 1/2 in. x 7 1/4 in. (241 mm x 184 mm)
Purchased, 1955
Primary Collection
NPG 3944(22)


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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.

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  • John Partridge (1789-1872), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 42 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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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 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. Given that Eastlake would later become President of the Royal Academy in 1850 and the first Director of the new National Gallery in 1855, his leadership capacity is also seen early in his career in Italy when he was the driving force behind the establishment of the British academy in Rome.

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