Study of Donkeys (1818) by Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73). Source: “Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” (1875): 98. “Lent by Frederick A. Millbank, Esq., M.P.” [Click on image to enlarge it.]

“‘A Study of Donkeys,’ like the ‘Lake Scene,’ would be an excellent sketch from the hand of a veteran artist; but from that of a boy only thirteen years of age, it is simply marvellous, whether regarded in the individual characteristics of each animal or in the grouping of the whole: no two of them are alike either in attitude or expression, while. all are perfectly true to nature. The drawing is outlined with pen and ink, the shadows being put in with sepia.” (99).

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): 97-100. Hathi Trust version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 24 March 2014

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