Sir Charles Lock Eastlake

Mrs Charles H. Bellenden Ker

1835

Artist
Sir Charles Lock Eastlake 1793–1865
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

Display caption

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.'

Gallery label, August 2004