Three Studies of a Stag
Three Studies of a Stag, n.d.
Pencil on paper
8 1/2 × 6 in. (21.59 × 15.24 cm)
Maurice and Esther Leah Ritz Collection M2004.236
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
Edwin Landseer was the one of the most popular artists of nineteenth-century Britain and one of Queen Victoria’s favorite painters. His specialty was animals, particularly dogs (see Portrait of a Terrier, The Property of Owen Williams, ESQ., M.P. (Jocko with a Hedgehog) in Gallery 7).
Landseer was fascinated with the picturesque landscape of Scotland, visiting first in 1824 and traveling there every year afterwards. The Highlands became an important subject for him, and deer and deer hunting scenes became a significant part of his work. This sketch, showing three studies of a stag, may have been made on one of those trips.
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