The Deerstaker's Victim (1824) by Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73). Source: “Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” (1875): 164. “Lent by Frederick A. Millbank, Esq. M.P.” [Click on image to enlarge it.] 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.]

Commentary in the Art-Journal

[This work dates from the] period (1824) when Landseer was busy in the Scottish Highlands gathering materials for pictures which have long since been made familiar to the public. That stag is a masterly example of “dead1ife,” especially in its foreshortening: death could not be more forcibly and painfully expressed than it is here, in the glazed eye, the protruding tongue, and the irregular position of the fore legs, just as the poor animal had fallen from sheer exhaustion after receiving the fatal rifle-ball. Pictures of this kind, however clever, are not, as must be admitted, agreeable objects of contemplation. [164]


“Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” Art-Journal (1875): 161-64. Hathi Trust version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 24 March 2014

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