Thursday, April 9, 2009

Dignity and Impudence

Dignity and Impudence, 1839
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873)
Oil on canvas
Tate Collection

Not usually much of a fan of animals in art but I discovering otherwise lately. I discovered Sir Edward Henry Landseer today, a 19th century British painter whose paintings usually depicted animals with human attributes. A significant talent from a very young age, exhibiting at the Royal Academy at only age 13 and became one of the most famous English painters of his generation.

The hound is Grafton and the terrier is Scratch, dogs of his friend and patron, Jacob Bell.

More animal paintings by Landseer.

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