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Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, R.A.

3,000 - 5,000 GBP
11,875 GBP
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  • Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, R.A.
  • Portrait Study of Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
  • signed on the original mount l.c.: Sir W. Scott / Ed: Landseer; indistinctly inscribed u.l.
  • pen and brown ink


T. Spink & Son, London;
J. S. Maas & Co. Ltd., London, where bought by Sir David Scott, 5 June 1969 for £168


London, J. S. Maas & Co. Ltd., 1968, High Art and Homely Scenes, no. 79


Francis Russell, Portraits of Sir Walter Scott: A Study of Romantic Portraiture, 1987, p. 56, no. 113, illustrated pl. 15


by W. Mayor, 1832

Catalogue Note

Landseer visited Sir Walter Scott in October 1824, staying at Abbotsford where he not only painted the famous author but also, characteristically, a number of his dogs. Scott took a liking to the young artist and later in the year in his journal he wrote, 'He [Landseer] is in my mind one of the most striking masters of the modern school.  His expression both in men and animal is capital.'  Landseer clearly returned this sentiment and drew on Scott's works for his inspiration in such paintings as The Bride of Lammermoor (1830).  In 1831 he produced this spirited study, which would be used in 1832 as a memorial to the author who died that year.

We are grateful to Richard Ormond for his help in cataloguing this lot.