Maida (1827) by Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73). Source: “Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” (1875): 258. “Lent by George Gurney, Esq., East Dulwich.” [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

‘Maida,’ the subject of the next engraving, was one of Sir Walter Scott’s favourite bounds, and appears in Landseer’s picture, ‘A Scene at Abbotsford,’ exhibited at the British Institution in 1827, and subsequently engraved for the “Keepsake.” When Landseer saw ‘Maida,’ Mr. A. Graves says, the animal “was in the last stage of weakness and debility, as the artist has admirably expressed in his fading eyes and attenuated limbs. He died six weeks afterwards.” Mrs. Spencer Bell possesses an oil-sketch of the dog; that which, with several others, Mr. George Gurney has placed at our disposal, is executed with pen and ink. [257]


“Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” Art-Journal (1875): 257-60. Hathi Trust version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 24 March 2014

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