Art for the Nation : The Eastlakes and the Victorian Art World (HB)

Art for the Nation : The Eastlakes and the Victorian Art World (HB)


Lady Eastlake came to the defence of the young socialite Effie Gray after the annulment of her marriage to art critic John Ruskin. This episode, which scandalised Victorian high society, is now the subject of the film Effie Gray, with Emma Thompson in the role of Lady Eastlake.

As prominent members of the Victorian cultural and artistic world, Sir Charles and Lady Elizabeth Eastlake, along with their nephew Charles Locke Eastlake, enjoyed the friendship and support of influential figures including Prince Albert, Sir Thomas Lawrence, J.M.W. Turner, and Sir Robert Peel.

Art for the Nation: The Eastlakes and the Victorian Art World, a fascinating original biography, brings the unique personality of each of the Eastlakes into sharp focus while also exploring their important contributions during the early days of the National Gallery. Charles Eastlake, an artist and connoisseur, was chosen to be not only the President of the Royal Academy from 1850, but also the National Gallery's first Director in 1855. With his capable wife, a literary critic and art historian in her own right, he travelled throughout Europe acquiring significant paintings for the Gallery and implementing important changes to their display and description. Nephew Charles, an architect and popularizer of the Arts and Crafts style, was Keeper at the National Gallery from 1878 to 1898. Art for the Nation tells the remarkable story of the Eastlake family's devotion to art and to the National Gallery during its crucial formative years.

Susanna Avery-Quash is Research Curator in the History of Collecting at the National Gallery, London. She edited Sir Charles Eastlake's Travel Notebooks and has contributed to many National Gallery titles. Julie Sheldon is Reader in Art History at Liverpool John Moores University. She is coeditor of Modern Art: A Critical Introduction and editor of the Letters of Elizabeth Rigby, Lady Eastlake.

Product Code 1018446
ISBN 9781857095074
author Susanna Avery-Quash, Julie Sheldon
B&W illustrations 35
colour images 5
format Hardback
GTIN 9781857095074
pages 304, plus 32pp plate section
published July 2011
publisher National Gallery Company
Dimensions 234 mm X 156 mm
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