- Sir Charles Lock Eastlake 1793–1865
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 1181 x 1708 mm
frame: 1514 x 2050 x 115 mm
- Bequeathed by Thomas Howard 1872
Charles Eastlake was one of Turner's younger friends. Like Turner he was an admirer of Byron's poetry. This picture, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1829 , illustrates stanzas from Byron's poem The Dream and shows the poet resting on his Eastern travels.
Eastlake finished the picture in Rome in 1827. Turner saw it during his visits to Eastlake in the city in 1828, and wrote to his friend to report its safe arrival at the Royal Academy in 1829.
Gallery label, September 2002
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