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Second Series. Contributions To The Literature Of The Fine Arts By Sir Charles Lock Eastlake, F.R.S., D.C.L., &c. Late President Of The Royal Academy, And Director Of The National Gallery. With A Memoir Compiled By Lady Eastlake.

Sir Charles Lock Eastlake PRA

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

Contributions to the literature of the fine arts


London:: John Murray, Albemarle Street., 1870.

Physical Description

v, [i], 346 p.; 225 mm. (Octavo.)


[T.p.] - Contents - [Text]; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The printer is named on the title-page verso and in the colophon: 'London: Bradbury, Evans, And Co., Printers, Whitefriars.'


Accounts of Eastlake may be found in A.M. Ernstrom, 'Equally lenders and borrowers in turn: the working and married lives of the Eastlakes', in Art history, 15 (1992), p.470-85; D. Robertson, Sir Charles Eastlake and the Victorian art world (1978).

Summary Note

The collection contains a Memoir of Sir Charles Eastlake, and three essays by Eastlake: How to observe; Difference between language and art; Discourse on differences between formative arts and descriptive poetry.


A preliminary leaf is inscribed in ink, 'Presented to the Library of the Royal Academy by Lady Eastlake 5. February 1870'.

Binding Note

19th-century brown cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Eastlake's Literature Of The Fine Arts. With Memoir Second Series. London John Murray.'

Name as Subject


Art - Painting - Representation (form of expression) - Description - Connoisseurship - Theory
Essays - Memoirs - Biography - Great Britain - 19th century


John Murray, publisher
Lady Elizabeth Eastlake, author, compiler, previous owner, donor
Bradbury and Evans (London), printer