SIR CHARLES LOCK EASTLAKE Photograph Signed.
British (English) Painter and Gallery Director.
A fine, early carte de visite photograph by Caldesi, Blanford & Co of Pall Mall, with autograph
signature of Charles Lock Eastlake on mount below image. N.D. but circa 1855.
The albumen photograph measures approx 3.5 x 2.5 (excluding mount) and is mounted on the photographers' original pasteboard mount, bearing their printed details on verso. Charles Lock Eastlake is shown full-length in frock coat, turning to his left and with his arm resting on a studio plinth. 4 tiny nicks to top edge of mount (not touching photograph). All else very fine.
Sir Charles Lock Eastlake was a piller of the British art establishment, becoming President of the Royal Academy in 1850. He was a primary force in establishing the National Gallery and was made its first Keeper in 1843. His early paintings included the famous picture of Napoleon on Board the Bellerophon. He also painted portraits, including those of his fellow artists and friends, Sir Thomas Lawrence and J.M.W. Turner. His later work concentrated on historical and biblical subjects, inspired by the landscape of the Mediterranean, where he was a frequent traveller. Charles Lock Eastlake, like his wife, Elizabeth Rigby, was amongst the first artists to recognise the power and possibilities of photography as an art form and he was made the first president of the Photographic Society in 1853. This attractive photograph dates from around that time. Rare.
From a 19th century album compiled by Maj-Gen Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson (1810-1895) and his wife, Louisa Harcourt Rawlinson, nee Seymour. Sir Henry Rawlinson was a British soldier, diplomat, orientalist and traveller and has been called the "father of Assyriology".