Sir Edwin Henry Landseer

A Scene at Abbotsford

exhibited 1827

Sir Edwin Henry Landseer 1802–1873
Oil paint on wood
Support: 451 × 610 mm
frame: 612 × 767 × 95 mm
Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894

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Landseer began exhibiting animal and historical pictures in the 1820s. He painted a number of Scottish highland subjects and, like Turner, illustrated the works of the novelist, Sir Walter Scott. From 1824 Landseer was a visitor to Abbotsford, Scott’s house in the Scottish Borders. This picture conveys its Romantic atmosphere. Scott’s great deerhound, Maida, which was then dying, lies with his younger companion, among antiquarian relics and sporting trophies. This painting was shown at the British Institution in 1827, when it was bought by the Duke of Bedford.

Gallery label, February 2016

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