Portrait of a Terrier, The Property of Owen Williams, ESQ., M.P. (Jocko with a Hedgehog)
Portrait of a Terrier, The Property of Owen Williams, ESQ., M.P. (Jocko with a Hedgehog), 1828
Oil on canvas
39 15/16 × 49 3/16 in. (101.44 × 124.94 cm)
Gift of Erwin C. Uihlein M1967.79
Photo credit Larry Sanders
Precociously talented and enormously popular, Sir Edwin Landseer was a full Academician before age 30. Investing his animal subjects with human qualities, Landseer was able to invest his compositions with a sentimental air that appealed to English taste. He was a great favorite of distinguished patrons such as Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, and Charles Dickens. Dogs were Landseer’s preferred subject and his many dog paintings of the late 1820s and 1830s marked a high point in his oeuvre. This painting of a fox terrier, Jocko, was commissioned by the landowner and member of Parliament Owen Williams. Poised to attack a bristling hedgehog, the dog quivers with controlled energy. The drama unfolds against a rugged landscape, possibly the artist’s favored Scottish retreat, Loch Laggan.
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