On the Beach at Hastings (1840) by Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73). Source: “Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” (1875): 323. “Lent by H. W. F. Bolkcow, Esq., M.P.” 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

We add another scene at Hastings to those given in earlier pages—“a sketch executed with a pen, the shadows in sepia. It may be called “Study of Forms,” for it seems as if the fishermen and fisherboys had arranged themselves in a variety of attitudes, as they sit or recline on the sunny beach, for the express purpose of serving as models for the artist: they could scarcely have so placed themselves without some hint to that effect. And yet how naturally each figure is disposed, and without any apparent design; and into what a picturesque group all the different materials of the composition are arranged. [323-24]


“Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” Art-Journal (1875): 321-24. Hathi Trust version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 24 March 2014

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