Regency Personalities Series-Elizabeth Lady Eastlake

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Regency Personalities Series

In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables.

Elizabeth Lady Eastlake
17 November 1809 – 2 October 1893

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Elizabeth Eastlake

Elizabeth Lady Eastlake was born in Norwich into the large family of Edward Rigby and his wife, Anne. Her father was a physician who was also a classical scholar, and Elizabeth’s parents included her in their social life and conversation with prominent citizens and intellectuals.

Elizabeth was fond of drawing from a young age and continued studying art into her twenties. She was privately educated and learnt French and Italian, but after an illness in 1827, she was sent to convalesce in Germany and Switzerland. She stayed two years and started a lifetime of publication with a translation of Johann David Passavant’s essay on English art; a second trip to Germany in 1835 led…

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