Eastlake, Charles Lock

BORN 17 Nov 1793, Plymouth, Devon - DIED 24 Dec 1865, Pisa, Toscana
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (125/PS (19540))

Charles Eastlake studied in London under Benjamin Haydon. In 1815 he went to Paris to study the paintings in France, but when Napoleon came back he left. When Napoleon after his fall was brought to Plymouth he hired a boat to bring him near the Bellephoron and quickly sketched the former emperor.

From 1816 to 1830 he lived in Italy. In 1849 he married Elizabeth Rigby, author of books on art and of biographies. In 1850 he became president of the Royal Academy and in 1855 he was the very first director of the National Gallery.

Eastlake died in Italy and was buried in Florence. The Royal Academy requested his body to be moved to England, but his widow didn't want a state funeral at St. Paul's Cathedral, because it was 'not consonant with his wishes'. He was subsequently buried at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.

• Wife: Eastlake, Elizabeth (1849-1865, Edingburgh: St. John's Church)

Related persons
• was pupil of Haydon, Benjamin
• painted Napoleon I Bonaparte
• painted Turner, Joseph Mallord William


The grave of Charles Eastlake and Elizabeth Eastlake at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by androom (14 Aug 1997)


• Browning, D.C. (editor), Dictionary of Literary biography, Dent, London, 1958
• Stephen, Leslie [Sir], Sidney Lee [Sir] [Editors], The Dictionary of National Biography, From the Earliest Times to 1900, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1960
Charles Lock Eastlake - Wikipedia

Eastlake, Elizabeth

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 25 Apr 2022