Lot 2
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Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, R.A.

3,000 - 5,000 GBP
7,500 GBP
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  • Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, R.A.
  • A Weary Traveller
  • pen and brown ink over pencil


From an album of sketches by Landseer, Wilkie and Count D'Orsay compiled by Lady Ida Louisa Tankerville, daughter of Charles, 6th Earl of Tankerville and wife of John William, 13th Earl of Dalhousie;
Thence by descent to her grandson David Ramsay, by whom sold Christie's, 11 July 1962, lot 23;
Thomas Agnew & Son, where bought by Sir David Scott in November 1962 for £23.2.0

Catalogue Note

'What a master draughtsman Landseer was. He has a surety of touch a perfect association of hand and eye, the hallmark of a great artist. I think all were bought from Agnews, who still, I fancy [have] a stock of his small drawings. Each of these drawings in their own way can hardly be bettered. I like the tired traveller the best but Goodbye to Chillingham nears it close.' Sir David Scott

A drawing of unusual delicacy and charm, here Landseer eschews caricature for gentle characterisation.  The drawing is the artistic equivalent of an observation in a paragraph by Dickens.  One immediately sympathises with the protagonist, who so recently has had to carry those heavy bundles now stacked behind him.  He is taking a well deserved rest on the edge of a quay.

The drawing came originally from an album owned by the Bennet family, the Earls of Tankerville of Chillingham Castle in Northumberland. Lord Charles Bennet, Lord Ossulton, and later 6th Earl of Tankerville (1810 - 1899) was a particular friend of the artist, and his father commissioned the great Death of the Wild Bull from Landseer in the early 1830s.

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