A Deerhound

Sir Edwin Henry Landseer British

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Deerhounds were bred to hunt deer by running them down, a method known as coursing or deer stalking. In this study, Landseer sympathetically evoked his subject’s vivacity and poise. The dog appears in a similar pose, nuzzling under the hand of its master, the Duke of Gordon, in Landseer’s Scene in the Scottish Highlands (ca. 1825–28; private collection). The painting was one of the artist’s first aristocratic hunting portraits, and it bolstered his meteoric rise as Britain’s premier painter of animal and sporting pictures.

A Deerhound, Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (British, London 1802–1873 London), Oil on board

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