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C. Eastlake, 12 Piazza Mignanelli, rome, to Sir Thomas Lawrence, Russell Square, London

RA Collection: Archive

Reference code

LAW/4/87

Title

C. Eastlake, 12 Piazza Mignanelli, rome, to Sir Thomas Lawrence, Russell Square, London

Date

15 Jan 1823

Level

Item

Extent & medium

1 piece

Content Description

He provides a detailed account of the general reaction to the display of Lawrence's picture of George IV in Rome, he suspects P. Camuccini has already filled him in; he tells of the quibbling criticisms directed at the picture, but also the general delight, the demand to copy it is huge, embarks on a personal critique with an artist's eye; he has seen Lawrence's letter to Mr. Severn about the proposed Academy in Rome; they thought it simple respect to address the Royal Academy and hoped for the protection of the older institution, he retells the early circumstances of Hamilton's offer of £100, the Duke of Devonshire has now given £100 to Mr. Gibson and Sir Watkins W. Wynn might do the same; he details the ambitions they have for the young institution and its relationship to the Royal Academy.