Sir Charles Lock Eastlake

Success as an artist

Eastlake was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Academy in 1827 and was made a full member three years later, an event which induced his return to England. The 1830s was his most productive decade as a painter. His subjects of bandits and idealised female portraits were particularly popular, although today it is his landscape sketches that are perhaps most admired.

Writing

From the 1840s, however, Eastlake spent increasing amounts of time writing about art. In 1840 he translated Goethe’s 'Colour Theory' and wrote a lengthy review of Johann David Passavant’s 'Rafael von Urbino und sein Vater Giovanni Santi'. The following year he compiled notes for Franz Kugler’s handbook of Italian painting. In 1847 his own 'Materials for a History of Oil Painting' was published, a book which was quickly translated into German and Italian and which is still widely consulted today.

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Selected acquisitions

Portrait of a Young Man
Portrait of a Young Man
Moretto da Brescia
The Tailor ('Il Tagliapanni')
The Tailor ('Il Tagliapanni')
Giovanni Battista Moroni
The Annunciation
The Annunciation
Fra Filippo Lippi
A Woman
A Woman
Robert Campin
The Magdalen Reading
The Magdalen Reading
Rogier van der Weyden
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian
Antonio del Pollaiuolo and Piero del Pollaiuolo
The Virgin and Child with Two Angels
The Virgin and Child with Two Angels
Andrea del Verrocchio and assistant ( Lorenzo di Credi )
The Entombment
The Entombment
Dirk Bouts
The Baptism of Christ
The Baptism of Christ
Piero della Francesca

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