Looking Out by Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73). Source: “Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” (1875): 228. “Lent by H. G. Reid, Middlesborough.” 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

‘Looking Out,’ another of the sketches kindly lent to us by Mr. H. G. Reid, is also a pencil-drawing. The woman, bare is a basket in front of the child containing Something tooitnde. footed, has brought her child down to the waterside, and has her finite to determine. The figures are capitally drawn, are easy eyes fixed on the distance, as if watching for some one. There in attitude, and well grouped; but there is no special story in them, that we can make out, beyond what has just been said. In earlier pages of this series reference has been made to the versatility of Landseer’s talents, which seem to have been able to range through nature, both animate and inanimate, almost at will, and with almost equal success; though no one would ever speak of him as a great figure-painter. The diversity of his “class,” as a botanist would be apt to define them, yet divided into genera. The . . . engravings on these pages show how practically unlimited was the range of his studies. [227-28]


“Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” Art-Journal (1875): 225-28. Hathi Trust version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 24 March 2014

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