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Sir Edwin Landseer R.A. Painting titled


Sir Edwin Landseer R.A. Painting

Titled "Nursing Mothers",

Oil on Canvas in original frame,

Circa 1830.


The painting depicts a scene in a Scottish cottage, known as a

bothy with a young mother nursing her baby with the rocking cradle nearby while Deerhounds and Dandy Dinmonts with their own pups enjoy a bowl of milk.


This is one of a set of eight painting entitled "The Mothers" which were originally in the collection of C.F. Huth.


Dimensions: 18 3/4 inches x 23 1/2 inches (Sigh:12 inches x 16 1/2 inches)


Provenance: Collection of C.F.Huth, 1895;

Sabin Galleries Limited (7th June 1978);

Private New York Collection.



Sir Edwin Henry Landseer RA (7 March 1802 – 1 October 1873) was an English painter and sculptor, well known for his paintings of animals – particularly horses, dogs, and stags. However, his best known works are the lion sculptures in Trafalgar Square.


Landseer was born in London, the son of the engraver John Landseer A.R.A. He was something of a prodigy whose artistic talents were recognised early on. He studied under several artists, including his father, and the history painter Benjamin Robert Haydon, who encouraged the young Landseer to perform dissections in order to fully understand animal musculature and skeletal structure. Landseer's life was entwined with the Royal Academy. At the age of just 13, in 1815, he exhibited works there. He was elected an Associate at the age of 24, and an Academician five years later in 1831. He was knighted in 1850, and although elected President in 1866 he declined the invitation.


In his late 30s Landseer suffered what is now believed to be a substantial nervous breakdown, and for the rest of his life was troubled by recurring bouts of melancholy, hypochondria, and depression, often aggravated by alcohol and drug use. In the last few years of his life Landseer's mental stability was problematic, and at the request of his family he was declared insane in July 1872.


Landseer was particularly associated with Scotland, which he had first visited in 1824 and the Highlands in particular, which provided the subjects (both human and animal) for many of his important paintings.


The paintings included his early successes The Hunting of Chevy Chase (1825–26), An Illicit Whisky Still in the Highlands (1826–29) and his more mature achievements, such as the majestic stag study Monarch of the Glen (1851) and Rent Day in the Wilderness (1855–68).  In 1828, he was commissioned to produce illustrations for the Waverley Edition of Sir Walter Scott's novels.







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