Lot 6
  • 6

Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, R.A.

2,000 - 3,000 GBP
3,750 GBP
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  • Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, R.A.
  • Farewell, Dear Old Chillingham
  • inscribed with title u.c.
  • pen and brown ink with brown wash


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

Catalogue Note

This drawing is a brilliant self-characterisation.  The artist, head in his hands, is caught in a melodrama of his own making.  Gripped by thoughts of leaving his favourite Northumberland haunt, Lord Tankerville's great estate at Chillingham, he crumples with despair: an attitude sympathetically observed by a faithful hound.  The attitude of the dog is a wittily conceit, being directly lifted from the canine friend in The Old Shepherd's Chief Mourner (Victoria and Albert Museum, London).  Landseer is playing a clever artistic game, wrapping his own genuine sadness on leaving Lord Ossulton's house party in his own idiosyncratic style.

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