On the Look-out (1827) by Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73). Source: “Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” (1875): 98. “Lent by John Fowler, Esq., M.P.” [Click on image to enlarge it.]

“Mr. John Fowler, the well-known civil engineer, is also the owner of several admirable sketches, some of which he has liberally permitted us to use. ‘On the Look-out,’ executed with a pen and sepia, has in it all the elements of a fine picture, full of - life and animation: the coupled dogs are as much “on the lookout” as the gillie, who, leaning against a large boulder, scans the familiar deer-pass with his field-glass: the head of the hound, sitting “bolt upright” on its haunches, is a study of canine instinct and eagerness for a sight of some monarch of the glen or forest. The arrangement of the composition is quite worthy of notice, so skilfully do the lines fall in with, and balance, each other, yet apparently without design” (99).

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“Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” Art-Journal (1875): 97-100. Hathi Trust version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 24 March 2014

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