The Combat (1818) by Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73). Source: “Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” (1875): 292. “Lent by His Grace the Duke of Westminster” 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

In 1844 Landseer exhibited at the Academy his fine picture of fighting stags entitled ‘The Combat;' for the heads of the animals he made the crayon study here engraved, which was sold with the other contents of his studio, and realised 160 guineas. Interlocked by their horns, the combatants struggle so desperately for victory that the issue seems as if it must be death to one or the other, if not to both. There exists another and larger page of this sketch of this subject, in black chalk only; it is in the possession of Mr. Frederick Piercy, to whom we are indebted for Landseer’s sketch of "The Whisky Still,’ engraved on an earlier series of papers. [202]


“Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” Art-Journal (1875): 289-92. Hathi Trust version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 24 March 2014

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