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Sir Charles Lock Eastlake (1793 - 1865)

Una and the Red Cross Knight


Oil on canvas

Height: 79.4cm, maximum
Width: 51.5cm

Inscription: None

Museum number: P243

Curatorial note

Una delivering the Red Cross Knight from the Cave of Despair, from Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book 1, Canto 9, 8-35.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Commissioned by Soane from the artist (according to Gage, 1980, the commission dated back to as early 1824) and completed and paid for in 1830. The picture was painted in Rome: Soane paid Eastlake for the frame and for 'carriage of picture from Rome' on 11 August 1830. Exhibited Royal Academy 1830, no. 99.


Soane, Description, 1830, p.40
Soane, Description, 1835, pp. 70 and 82
Butlin, M. and Joll, E., The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, 1977, p. 254
Gage, John (ed.), Collected Correspondence of J.M.W. Turner, 1980, p. 127-131
Susan Feinberg Millenson, Sir John Soane's Museum, UMI Research Press, 1987, p.90 and 94, fig. 58
Thornton and Dorey, Miscellany, 1992, p.124
New Description, 2007, pp.30 and 102

Exhibition history

Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1830

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