- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 762 x 635 mm
- Bequeathed by C.H. Bellenden Ker 1893
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