Sir Charles Lock Eastlake

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Legacy

Eastlake’s legacy at the National Gallery does not stop with his acquisition record. His attempts to run the Gallery along professional lines with regard to its collection of pictures, their study and management were groundbreaking and set an example which has been followed ever since.

Indeed, many of the ideas which Eastlake instigated have flourished: his interest in examining and protecting the paintings has led over time to the creation of the Scientific and Conservation Departments; his catalogues foreshadowed the later National Gallery Schools Catalogues; and his desire to arrange the pictures in historical sequence still influences the arrangement of pictures in the permanent galleries of the National Gallery today. 

Death

Eastlake died during his continental trip of 1865, in Pisa on December 24. He was buried at Florence, but at the desire of the Royal Academy his body was returned to England and buried at Kensal Green cemetery.

Select bibliography

Susanna Avery-Quash (ed.), The Travel Notebooks of Sir Charles Eastlake, Walpole Society [External link], vol. 73, 2 vols, 2011

Susanna Avery-Quash and Julie Sheldon, Art for the Nation: The Eastlakes and the Victorian Art World (National Gallery Company, 2011)

Alan Crookham, The National Gallery: An Illustrated History (National Gallery Company, 2009), pp. 31–41

David Robertson, 'Sir Charles Eastlake and the Victorian Art World' (Princeton University Press, 1978)

Charles Saumarez Smith, The National Gallery: A Short History, London, 2009, pp. 55–60, 67–80

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