Sir Charles Lock Eastlake

Haidée, a Greek Girl

1827, exhibited 1831

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Sir Charles Lock Eastlake 1793–1865
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 635 × 508 mm
Presented by Robert Vernon 1847

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Painted in Rome - where Turner could have seen it in Eastlake's studio - this is a realisation of the beautiful island-dweller in Byron's controversial and sensual poem 'Don Juan'. Haidée personifies the philhellenic spirit of the times and a northerner's yearning for the warmth and freedom of the South or the exotic East. This picture is a striking image of a Byronic type, and was considered by the Duke of Wellington to be the best exhibit in the Royal Academy in 1831.

Gallery label, May 1992

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