Portrait of Sir Edwin Henry Landseer

Sir Edwin Henry Landseer Painting Reproductions Gallery 1 of 4

1802-1873

English Victorian Neoclassicism Painter

Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (b. March 7, 1802 in London - d. October 1, 1873) was an English painter, well known for his paintings of animals - particularly horses, dogs and stags. The best known of Landseer's works, however, are sculptures: the lions in Trafalgar Square, London.

Landseer was something of a child prodigy whose artistic talents were recognized early on; he studied under several artists, including Benjamin Robert Haydon, the well-known and controversial history painter who encouraged the young Landseer to perform dissections in order to fully understand animal musculature and skeletal structure.

At the age of just 21, in 1815, Landseer exhibited works at the Royal Academy. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy at the age of 24, and an Academician of the Royal Academy five years later in 1831. He was knighted in 1850, and although elected President of the Royal Academy in 1866 he declined the invitation.

Landseer was a notable figure in 19th century British art, and his works can be found in Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Kenwood House and the Wallace Collection in London. He also collaborated with fellow painter Frederick Richard Lee.

Landseer's popularity in Victorian Britain was considerable. He was widely regarded as one of the foremost animal painters of his time, and reproductions of his works were commonly found in middle-class homes. Yet his appeal crossed class boundaries, for Landseer was quite popular with the British aristocracy as well, including Queen Victoria, who commissioned numerous portraits of her family (and pets) from the artist. Landseer was particularly associated with Scotland and the Scottish Highlands, which provided the subjects (both human and animal) for many of his important paintings, including his early successes The Hunting of Chevy Chase (1825-1826) and An Illicit Whiskey Still in the Highlands (1826-1829), and his more mature achievements such as the majestic stag study Monarch of the Glen (1851) and Rent Day in the Wilderness (1855-1868).

So popular and influential were Landseer's paintings of dogs in the service of humanity that the name Landseer came to be the official name for the variety of Newfoundland dog that, rather than being almost entirely black, features a mix of both black and white; it was this variety Landseer popularized in his paintings celebrating Newfoundlands as water rescue dogs, most notably Off to the Rescue (1827), A Distinguished Member of the Humane Society (1838), and Saved (1856), which combines Victorian constructions of childhood with the appealing idea of noble animals devoted to humankind - a devotion indicated, in Saved, by the fact the dog has rescued the child without any apparent human direction or intervention.

In his late 30s Landseer suffered what is now believed to be a substantial nervous breakdown, and for the rest of his life was troubled by recurring bouts of melancholy, hypchondria, and depression, often aggravated by alcohol and drug use (Ormond, Monarch 125). In the last few years of his life Landseer's mental stability was problematic, and at the request of his family he was declared insane in July of 1872.

Landseer's death on 1 October 1873 was widely marked in England: shops and houses lowered their blinds, flags flew at half-staff, his bronze lions at the base of Nelson's column were hung with wreaths, and large crowds lined the streets to watch his funeral cortege pass (Ormond, Monarch 135). Landseer was buried in St Paul's Cathedral, London .

Landseer was rumoured to be able to paint with both hands at the same time, for example, paint a horse's head with the right and its tail with the left, simultaneously. He was also known to be able to paint extremely quickly when the mood struck him. He could also procrastinate, sometimes for years, over certain commissions.

73 Landseer Paintings

The Arab Tent, 1866 by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

The Arab Tent 1866

Oil Painting
$906
Canvas Print
$49.28
SKU: LEH-824
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: 153.6 x 226.4 cm
The Wallace Collection, London, United Kingdom

Jocko with a Hedgehog, 1828 by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

Jocko with a Hedgehog 1828

Oil Painting
$780
SKU: LEH-825
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: unknown
Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin, USA

Dignity and Impudence, 1839 by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

Dignity and Impudence 1839

Oil Painting
$778
Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: LEH-826
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: 88.9 x 69.2 cm
Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Eos, A Favorite Greyhound of Prince Albert, 1841 by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

Eos, A Favorite Greyhound of Prince Albert 1841

Oil Painting
$825
Canvas Print
$54.59
SKU: LEH-827
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: 111.8 x 142.9 cm
The Royal Collection, London, United Kingdom

Scene in Braemar - Highland Deer, 1857 by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

Scene in Braemar - Highland Deer 1857

Oil Painting
$931
SKU: LEH-828
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

The Faithful Hound, c.1830 by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

The Faithful Hound c.1830

Oil Painting
$981
SKU: LEH-829
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: unknown
Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom

The Duchess of Abercorn and her Daughter, 1834 by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

The Duchess of Abercorn and her Daughter 1834

Oil Painting
$573
SKU: LEH-2906
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: unknown
Shugborough Hall, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Stag, undated by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

Stag undated

Oil Painting
$878
Canvas Print
$79.06
SKU: LEH-7569
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Comical Dogs, 1836 by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

Comical Dogs 1836

Oil Painting
$869
Canvas Print
$97.22
SKU: LEH-7570
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: 69.8 x 76.2 cm
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom

There's No Place Like Home, undated by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

There's No Place Like Home undated

Oil Painting
$800
Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: LEH-7571
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: unknown
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom

Ptarmigan in a Landscape, 1833 by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

Ptarmigan in a Landscape 1833

Oil Painting
$906
Canvas Print
$54.99
SKU: LEH-7572
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: 49.5 x 65.4 cm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA

A Shepherd and his Flock, undated by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

A Shepherd and his Flock undated

Oil Painting
$709
Canvas Print
$59.41
SKU: LEH-7573
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

A Highland Loch, undated by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

A Highland Loch undated

Oil Painting
$651
Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: LEH-7574
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Niccolo Paganini Playing the Violin, 1831 by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

Niccolo Paganini Playing the Violin 1831

Paper Print
$45.90
SKU: LEH-7575
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: 27.5 x 21.5 cm
Private Collection

Portrait of Mr Van Amburgh as he Appeared with his Animals at the London Theatre, 1847 by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Mr Van Amburgh as he Appeared with ... 1847

Oil Painting
$1736
Canvas Print
$53.52
SKU: LEH-7576
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: 175.5 x 238.5 cm
Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut, USA

Portrait Sketch of Sir Walter Scott, 1867 by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

Portrait Sketch of Sir Walter Scott 1867

Paper Print
$45.90
SKU: LEH-7577
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: 43.8 x 28.3 cm
Private Collection

A Puppy teasing a Frog, 1824 by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

A Puppy teasing a Frog 1824

Oil Painting
$866
Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: LEH-7578
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: 35.5 x 44.5 cm
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, United Kingdom

Doubtful Crumbs, c.1858/59 by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

Doubtful Crumbs c.1858/59

Oil Painting
$877
Canvas Print
$60.16
SKU: LEH-7579
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: 63.4 x 75.9 cm
The Wallace Collection, London, United Kingdom

Lady Godiva's Prayer, c.1865 by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

Lady Godiva's Prayer c.1865

Oil Painting
$1473
Canvas Print
$56.58
SKU: LEH-7580
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: 143 x 113 cm
Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, United Kingdom

A Courtyard in Olden Times, c.1834 by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

A Courtyard in Olden Times c.1834

Canvas Print
$64.11
SKU: LEH-7581
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: 45 x 59 cm
Private Collection

A Study for Bolton Abbey in the Olden Time, c.1834 by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

A Study for Bolton Abbey in the Olden Time c.1834

Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: LEH-7582
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: 32 x 40.5 cm
Private Collection

Portrait of Elizabeth Wells, Lady Dyke, undated by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Elizabeth Wells, Lady Dyke undated

Oil Painting
$839
SKU: LEH-7583
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Monarch of the Glen, 1851 by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

Monarch of the Glen 1851

Oil Painting
$1056
Canvas Print
$70.92
SKU: LEH-7584
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: 163.8 x 169 cm
Private Collection

Head of a Roebuck and Two Ptarmigan, c.1830 by Landseer | Painting Reproduction

Head of a Roebuck and Two Ptarmigan c.1830

Oil Painting
$858
Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: LEH-7585
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Original Size: 22.5 x 30.4 cm
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA

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