Sir Charles Lock Eastlake Mrs Charles H. Bellenden Ker 1835

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Artist
Title
Mrs Charles H. Bellenden Ker
Date 1835
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 762 x 635 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by C.H. Bellenden Ker 1893
Reference
N01395
Not on display

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Eastlake's art is characterized by his careful attention to detail, historical accuracy and a high finish. In these respects his work anticipates that of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, formed in London in 1848. Lady Bellenden Ker was the wife of an eminent legal reformer and educationalist. Eastlake's wife, a well-known scholar, wrote of this picture that 'in certain portraits of ladies [Eastlake] gratified himself [and] the fair sitters by attiring them in a fancy costume. In this way, Mrs Bellenden Ker appeared as an Italian contadina [peasant girl] with a basket of grapes.'

August 2004

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