Dictionary of Sydney

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East, John Barton


English portrait and miniature artist who arrived in Sydney in November 1832 from Madras for the benefit of his health. His sister, Mrs Learmonth, also lived in Sydney. He left Sydney to return to Madras In March 1837, and died at the age of 44 in the English General Hospital in Bombay on 15 April 1838, suffering from delirium tremens. He had exhibited every year at the Royal Academy of Arts in London between 1818 and 1830. His work has sometimes been attributed to TB East, or TB Earl. Unfortunately very few extant works survive.