• A Dog carrying a Rabbit -
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    Pen and brown ink on sheet of writing paper, with watermark

    11.8 by 18.2 cm., 4 ½ by 7 in.

     

    During the 1830s Landseer’s paintings of dogs formed a coherent group of works, of which about half were commissions and half were independent subject pictures, which found a ready market with his patrons.

     

    Landseer was always fascinated by dogs and kept a number as pets throughout his life. He was a highly gifted animal painter, but his drawings and paintings of dogs were particularly adept. His ability to capture, with extraordinary vivacity, their movements, behaviour and individuality, proved hugely popular with Landseer’s clients. Whilst staying with Sir Walter Scott in 1824, for example, he entertained the writer and his wife, with his numerous rapidly executed and keenly observed sketches of their beloved dogs.

     

    In the present sheet the artist has, with a few rapid strokes, captured the lively personality of the gundog, the softness of his long coat and even the gentleness with which the dog is carrying his prey, as well as hinting at the hilly landscape of the animal’s surroundings. The artist has let the sepia ink run slightly to soften the drawing and add to the atmospheric effect. The sheet is folded as if a letter, which suggests that it may have been sent to Lee as part of correspondence between the two artists.

  • Study of three Doves -
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    With inscription lower right in the hand of F. R. Lee: by E. Landseer R.A./1835

    Pen and brown ink on laid paper watermarked with part of a crown  

    11.7 by 18.2 cm., 4 ½ by 7 in.


    Provenance: 

    Frederick Richard Lee (1798-1879)

  • A Ghillie looking at a River -
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    With inscription, lower right in the hand of F.R. Lee: by E. Landseer R.A./1835

    Pen and brown ink on laid paper watermarked with a crown

    18.4 by 11.6 cm., 7 ¼ by 4 ½ in.


    Provenance:

    Frederick Richard Lee, R.A. (1798-1879)

     

    The present drawing probably depicts one of the Scottish ghillies or gamekeepers that Landseer would have known and for whom the artist had enormous respect. He admired their deep knowledge and understanding of the landscape in which they lived and the animals which inhabited it and they often formed the subject of his paintings and drawings.  He painted the 4th Duke of Atholl’s gamekeeper, John Crerar, on several occasions, including a portrait of him with his pony, (now in the Perth Museum and Art Gallery) and variously with the Duke of Atholl.

     

    Landseer’s ability to capture the character, as well as the appearance of the sitter, with a few deft strokes of the pen is amply illustrated in the present drawing.

  • Study of a Fisherman and Dog, with a Horse and Foal -
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    With inscription lower right, in the hand of F. R. Lee: Sir E. Landseer/R.A.

    Pencil

    8.8 by 16.3 cm., 3 ½ by 6 ¼ in.


    Provenance:

    Frederick Richard Lee, R.A. (1798-1879)

     

    Landseer endlessly sketched sporting activities and wildlife, as well as the people who lived and work in the Highlands. These formed the basis for the lively paintings of Scottish subjects which found a ready market with his patrons, including the Dukes of Northumberland, Bedford, Atholl, Gordon, Wellington, all of whom commissioned Scottish subjects from the artist in the 1820s and 30s.

     

    The present study depicts figures ready to take home the results of a day’s fishing; one figure holding a net and the other riding a pack pony with panniers to hold the catch. 

  • A Heron in Flight -
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    With inscription in the hand of F. R. Lee, lower right: by E Landseer R.A.

    Pencil on paper watermarked with crown

    Sheet 23.3 by 18.7 cm., 9 by 7 ¼ in.


    Provenance:

    Frederick Richard Lee, R.A. (1798-1879)

  • The Arrest of the False Herald from Sir Walter Scott’s ‘Quentin Durward’  -
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    Signed lower left: Edwin Landseer/1831 and signed with initials, dated 1831 and indistinctly inscribed in pencil lower right

    Watercolour over pencil

    20.4 by 17.3 cm., 8 by 6 ½ in.

     

    Engraved:

    By R. Graves and published by Robert Cadell and Moon, Boys and Graves, 1831

     

    This is the original watercolour for an engraving illustrating a scene from Scott’s `Quentin Durward.’ It illustrates the lines: `At length the speed of the pseudo herald could save him no longer from the fangs of his pursuers: they seized him, pulled him down, and would probably soon have throttled him.’ Quentin Durward was first published in 1823 and tells the story of a Scottish archer in the service of the French King Louis XI.

     

    Landseer met Scott on his first visit to Scotland in 1824 with the painter C.R. Leslie. They sailed to Leith before travelling to the Highlands ending at Scott’s house Abbotsford where they spent a week. The trip sparked a lifelong love of Scotland in Landseer and he and Scott became firm friends. The two were often compared in the public mind with Landseer being dubbed `the Walter Scott of painting’ by The Times.

  • A Pony carrying a dead Stag, a Ghillie and dog beyond -
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    Pencil 

    17.1 by 23.1 cm., 6 ¾ by 9 ¼ in. 

     

    Provenance: 

    The Artist's studio sale, Christie's, 8th to 15th May 1874, lot 857, one of two; 

    With the Manning Gallery, London 

     

    This study belongs to a group of similar drawings relating to Landseer's oil `Highlanders Returning from Deerstalking’. The painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1827 where it was bought by the 4th Duke of Northumberland and it is still at Alnwick Castle. It was the first of a succession of Highland scenes exhibited by Landseer in the late 1820s and 1830s. His first visit to the Highlands was in the autumn of 1824 and it had a profound effect on his life and his art. He returned year after year in the summer and autumn months and Scotland inspired many of his greatest works. He would stay with a succession of aristocratic families including the Duke of Atholl at Blair Atholl, the Marquess of Breadalbane, and the Duke and Duchess of Bedford at their hunting lodge near Aviemore as well as Walter Scott at Abbotsford.  

  • A Lion fighting a Tiger and a Leopard -
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    Signed with initials lower right: EL/1822

    Pen and grey ink and washes over pencil on laid paper

    17.2 by 22.7 cm., 6 3/4 by 9 in.

     

    Provenance:

    With Thos. Agnew & Sons, London, where bought by the present owner, December 1990

  •  Studies of an Eagle, crouched over its Prey -
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    With inscription in the hand of F. R. Lee, in pencil lower right: by E Landseer RA

    Pen and brown ink on the reverse of a letter, with fragmentary watermark

    18.5 by 23.8 cm., 7 ¼ by 9 ¼ in.

     

    Provenance:

    Frederick Richard Lee, R.A. (1798-1979)

  • Study of a Stag -
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    With inscription lower right, in the hand of F. R. Lee: by E Landseer/RA

    Black chalk on laid paper with fragmentary watermark

    11.3 by 17.1 cm., 4 ¼ by 6 ¾ in.

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