Elizabeth Eastlake

(1809—1893) journalist and writer on art

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English writer, who encountered photography in the early 1840s, when she was photographed by Hill and Adamson. She published various books and essays on the arts before writing the important ‘Photography’ (Quarterly Review, 1857). In this she anticipated major themes in photographic criticism: the aesthetic superiority of pre-carte de visite portraiture; the importance of amateur photography; the power of photography as a form of communication; and the significance of its liberation of painting from representational tasks. Her husband, the painter Sir Charles Eastlake (1793–1865), became the first president of the London Photographic Society (later Royal Photographic Society).

From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

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