The Fisherman's Dog: Hastings (1840) by Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73). Source: “Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” (1875): 68. “Lent by H. G. Reid, Esq., Middlesborough”

“‘The Fisherman’s Dog’ is in pen and ink; it is one of the sketches made by Landseer on the beach at Hastings in 1840. How full of life, and how natural in their attitudes, are the fisher-boy and the dogwnote the foreshortening of the latter; and yet all is nothing more than a few scratches, so to speak, of the pen, guided by the hand of a master. A few more strokes of the pen suffice to represent unmistakably an empty basket and one full of fish: here is a picture requiring no further treatment to express its meaning” (69).

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.]


“Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” Art-Journal (1875): 65-68. Hathi Trust version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 23 March 2014

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