SIR EDWIN LANDSEER
1802 — London — 1873
pencil underdrawing, pen and brown ink, brush and both grey and brown wash. 5 x 71/4" (127 x 184mm). inscribed 1160 on verso as well as on verso of mat to which it was attached and on the left edge of the recto of that mat. Presumably this number refers to the inventory taken at the artist's death.
Sir Edwin Landseer's career began at an early age. When only 13, he exhibited at the Royal Academy; at 24 he was elected an Associate; at 29, an Academician. He declined the Presidency when elected in 1866. Knighted in 1850, he had been commissioned by the Queen and aristocracy for years for pet and people portraits. His popularity reached to the middle classes in whose homes hung reproductions of his works. No contemporary animalier approached his fame. With Scotland and the Highlands he was associated. It is likely this small take on a grand landscape was drawn in and of the Highlands. It is even possible to suggest that the area is Glen Coe.
Most of the drawings by Landseer recently on the market have been of dogs, stags or other animals, and portraits of people. Landscapes seem to be rarely available. Amongst a large group of paintings at the Tate online, only one is a landscape, said to be done for his own pleasure, a personal vision of a grand, mountainous countryside.