The Duke on Devonshire and Lord and Lady Cavendish by Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73). 1834. Source: “Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” (1875): 4. “Lent by Mssrs. H. Graves & Co.” Formatting and text by George P. Landow. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the Hathi Trust and the University of Michigan and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document, or cite it in a print one.]

The engraving on this page is from a large sketch in oils, in the possession of Messrs. Henry Graves & Co. It was painted in 1834 or 1835, and was intended to serve as the model for a larger picture of the Duke of Devonshire and his two companions; this was finished up to a certain point, but shows a different composition, inasmuch as the scene is presented in the open country, and not close to a mansion. For some reason or other, which has not been explained, this larger picture was never completed, and it remained in Landseer’s studio at the The sketch is well composed, with a touch of sentiment in it that is very striking, as shown in the attitude and expression of pity exhibited by the young bride-she could not have been long married at the time-as she contemplates the dead deer. In the background are the outlines of a groom holding a horse which her ladyship is as it seems, about to mount. The mansion looks like Hardwicke Hall, Derbyshire, one of the duke’s seats. [65-66]


“Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” Art-Journal (1875): 1-5. Hathi Trust version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 23 March 2014

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