Severe Weather, from "Illustrated London News"
Engraver William Luson Thomas British
After Richard Ansdell British
Not on view
Andsell's contemporaries admired his ability to paint animals and this wood engraving was accompanied by a glowing review when the related work was shown at the British Institution, London in 1856 (no. 16): "There can be no doubt that Mr. Ansdell has acquired much of that art which makes him so deservedly popular from a careful study of the works of Sir Edwin Landseer. There can be as little doubt that, without the advantage of such a predecessor, he would have been a great painter, for he looks on Nature for himself, and studies her with an observant eye and a careful hand....In the picture of 'Severe weather', Mr. Ansdell's masterpiece in the present exhibition (and engraved in our present number)...The shepherd and his dogs are equally cowering from the cold, bitter, biting blast that blows so pinchingly on the stones which serve (but indifferently) to protect them from a Scottish north-east wind....True to Highland characteristics and Highland nature." The print was made by William Luson Thomas, a skillful wood engraver who produced full page wood engravings for the "Illustrated London News."