© National Portrait Gallery, London
Elizabeth (née Rigby), Lady Eastlake
by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson Click on the links below to find out more
8 1/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (206 mm x 156 mm)
Given by an anonymous donor, 1973
- Robert Adamson (1821-1848), Pioneer photographer. Artist associated with 382 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
- David Octavius Hill (1802-1870), Landscape and portrait painter; pioneer photographer. Artist associated with 382 portraits, Sitter associated with 22 portraits.
Elizabeth, Lady Eastlake was Hill and Adamson's most frequent sitter and was herself fascinated by photography.
- Birkett, Dea; Morris, Jan (foreword), Off the Beaten Track: Three Centuries of Women Travellers, 2004 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 7 July to 31 October 2004), p. 101
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 192
- Schama, Simon, The Face of Britain: The Nation Through its Portraits, 2015-09-15, p. 507
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 163
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