ALS, one page, 24 February 1863. To E.M. Ward Esq., R.A.


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Autograph letter signed ("C.L. Eastlake Secy."), one page, folio, Palace of Westminster, 24 February 1863. To E.M. Ward Esq., R.A., informing him "that at a meeting of the Fine Arts Commission yesterday the proposed alteration in your sketch of 'the Landing of Charles II,' as shown in the second sketch submitted, was approved. You are now at liberty to begin the painting. . . . The Commissioners were of opinion that the long & thin leg of the King indicates a taller man than he really was. . . ." Browned; numerous seams starting; bottom fold just crossing the name of the recipient; else good.

Sir Charles Lock Eastlake (1793-1865); English painter. In 1841 Eastlake was made secretary of the Fine Arts Commission, the body in charge of government art patronage. Having already advised the National Gallery, London on acquisitions, he was appointed the Gallery's first Keeper in 1843, a post he later resigned to resume writing and painting. Elected President of the Royal Academy and knighted in 1850, Eastlake was a notable figure in the British art establishment, being appointed the first President of the Photographic Society in 1853 and, in 1855, the first Director of the National Gallery. Edward Matthew Ward(1816-1879); English historical and genre painter. (Item ID: 19524)

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