Sir Edwin Henry Landseer

Deer and Deer Hounds in a Mountain Torrent (‘The Hunted Stag’)

?1832, exhibited 1833

Artist
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer 1802–1873
Medium
Oil paint on canvas on mahogany
Dimensions
Support: 405 × 908 mm
frame: 1015 × 1220 × 130 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Robert Vernon 1847
Reference
N00412

Display caption

Landseer portrays the stag as a noble beast even in its last moments. The stag defiantly tries to fight off the deerhounds, retreating to a fierce stream. The violence of the scene and the turbulent landscape intensify a sense of struggle. Landseer was famous for the emotion and narrative he gave to his subjects. Here he presents hunting as a dramatic contest between humanity and nature. In such pictures of the wild beauty of Scotland, he contributed to a romantic vision of the Highlands.

Gallery label, May 2021

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