A Whiskey-Still (1827) by Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73). Chalk on paper. Source: “Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” (1875): 132. “Lent by Frederick Piercy, Esq., Pall mall east.”

“Among what we may term the débris of Sir Edwin’s studio, bought when the sale took place at his house, were several half sheets of drawing-paper, covered more or less with what must be as a curiosity and a specimen of Landseer’s humour. The assumed to be the amusements of his boyhood’s pencil. We have 'Whisky Still ' is a sketch in chalk, notable for its striking effect selected one of the most clever of them for engraving—merely of light and shade among other artistic excellences” (132).

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“Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” Art-Journal (1875): 129-32. Hathi Trust version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 24 March 2014

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