View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
Landseer, a painter, sculptor and engraver, initially sketched the two dogs with a dark, rich iron-gall ink applied with a pen. He then applied strong ink washes with a fully loaded brush to strengthen the image. In some areas, particularly in the dog on the left, he has deliberately allowed the ink wash to bleed into the fine line work.
Gallery label, August 2004