Eyre Crowe A.R.A.
(3 October 1824 - 12 December 1910)
"This artist has a dry and hard handling, and appears to take little pleasure in his color, although what he gives honestly attempts to render natural lighting, -- a rarer quality than one might imagine among oil-painters, sorely tempted to get effects by ingenious devices which they know will often pass muster We would suggest that this picture, 'Preaching of Whitfield', would engrave well, and be likely to succeed." -- Palgrave's Essays on Art.
"There are few painters who more seriously endeavor to interpret their subjects than Mr. Crowe. He is not afraid of reality, and does not shrink from scenes that less robust minds would consider vulgar. His method of interpretation is studious and faithful, observant of truth without any temptation to display his mastery over facts by an emphasis of trivial incidents. His work lacks the highest inspiration which turns the forms of Nature into forms of grace and still keeps them true; but his pictures are always interesting from the amount of earnest work they contain." -- Art Journal, August, 1874.
CROWE, EYRE, the son of Mr. Eyre Evans Crowe, author of the History of France, was bom in Sloane Street, Chelsea, in October, 1824. He received his first instruction in drawing from Mr. William Darley, and afterwards went to Paris with his family, and entered the studio of Paul Delaroche. On the latter proceeding to "Home in the Autumn" of 1843, many of his pupils (then above a hundred in number), seized the opportunity of accompanying him, and amongst the rest the subject of the present notice. The invaluable hints which this great master threw out on this occasion were gratefully received by those who participated in the advantage of them; they referred to the distinct heads of study, first the study of the great master-pieces of antiquity and those of the revival in Italy, and secondly, in putting prominently before the student the sources of the successful inspiration of the great leaders of the Italian Schools. In 1844, Mr. Crowe, having inspected the great works of the Umbrian School at Perugia, etc., and the splendours of Florence, Pisa, etc., returned to England, where he was admitted a student at the Royal Academy. He also, at this time, worked at Etty's favourite resort, the St. Martin's Lane painting School.
In 1846, he exhibited at the Royal Academy his first picture; "Master Prynne searching Archbishop Laud's Pockets in the Tower", which was purchased by an Art Union prize-holder. The next year he sent a picture, "The Battle of Agincourt", to the Westminster Hall competition Exhibition, which was not fortunate enough to obtain a prize. "The Roman Carnival" appeared in 1848, and "A Scene in the Life of Holbein, when painting King Edward VI." in 1849.
After an interval of some years, during which Mr. Crowe visited the United States of America, he produced:
[A Biographical and Critical Dictionary of Recent and Living Painters and Engravers; forming a supplement to Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers as edited by George Stanley, by Henry Ottley, 1876; Artists of the Nineteenth Century, Works & Biographical Sketches. By Clara Erskine Clement & Laurence Hutton, 1879.]]