Eyre Crowe was a painter of historical subjects, domestic genre and portraits. He was the elder brother of the art historian J. A. Crowe and cousin to the novelist and writer on art William Thackeray.
Crowe was a pupil of Paul Delaroche with whom he went to Rome in 1843. He was also a life long friend of Jean Léon Gérôme. Acting as Thackeray's secretary, in 1852 he joined his cousin on a lecture tour of the United States. He was a founder member of The Arts Club from 1863 until 1870. Having exhibited at the R.A. since 1846, he was elected A.R.A. in 1881.
Crowe and Whistler were acquainted and Crowe was included in a list of names written by Whistler around the mid 1870s which may have been a guest list for the private view of Whistler's Pall Mall exhibition of 1874, or a subscription list for Whistler's Venice etchings as proposed in 1876 (#12714).
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