Retrievers with a Hare. Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A. c.1870. Oil on canvas. 122 cm (48.03 in.) x 160 cm (62.99 in.). The painting is in the collection of the McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum, Scotland, Museum no. 7-1980. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

Although earlier painters like Hogarth and Stubbs, had depicted dogs skilfully, Landseer's early biographer Frederick Stephens felt that "the 'friend of man,' as an independent subject of study, was neglected by artists" (29). When Landseer exhibited Fighting Dogs getting Wind at the exhibition of the Society of Painters in Oil and Water Colours, Spring Gardens, in 1818, it caused a sensation. After that, his career went from strength to strength.

Photograph and text by Jacqueline Banerjee, by kind permission of the McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum. You may use the images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the McManus and the photographer, and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.


Stephens, Frederick George. Sir Edwin Landseer. London: S. Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1880. Internet Archive. Contributed by the Getty Research Institute. Web. 1 November 2016.

Created 1 November 2016