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Drawing - Ecorche drawing of a dog and enlarged detail of a paw
  • Ecorche drawing of a dog and enlarged detail of a paw
    Landseer, Edwin Henry
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Ecorche drawing of a dog and enlarged detail of a paw

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca.1817-21 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Landseer, Edwin Henry (Sir), born 1802 - died 1873 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black, red and white chalk and graphite on buff-coloured paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of funds from the Daviest bequest and the Isabella M Gaster bequest

  • Museum number:

    E.1-2011

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 321, box A

Edwin Landseer (1802-1873) was one of the most phenomenally successful artists of the Victorian era. His profound understanding of animal anatomy, upon which he built his career, was achieved through rigorous observation of écorché (skinned) specimens. In this he was encouraged by the artist Benjamin Robert Haydon, who later claimed that Landseer had 'dissected animals under my eye, copied my anatomical drawings, and carried my principles of study into animal painting'. Landseer attended classes in anatomy run by the famous surgeon Sir Charles Bell from his premises in Soho, London. In addition to these formal scientific studies, Landseer was also a regular visitor to Polito's Menagerie (later Mr Cross's Menagerie) at the Exeter Exchange in London, where he sketched lions and tigers.

This drawing is one of a group of eight anatomical studies of dogs and cats in the V&A which Landseer made between 1817 and 1821, when he was still in his teens.

Physical description

Ecorche drawing of a dog and enlarged detail of a paw.

Place of Origin

London (drawn)

Date

ca.1817-21 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Landseer, Edwin Henry (Sir), born 1802 - died 1873 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Black, red and white chalk and graphite on buff-coloured paper

Dimensions

Height: 44.2 cm, Width: 58.8 cm

Object history note

Edwin Landseer; his sale of 1874 (probably lot 981); Charles Mansel Lewis and thence by descent; purchased 2010

Descriptive line

Edwin Landseer, ecorche drawing of a dog and a detail of a paw, ca.1817-21

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Susan Owens, 'Ecorché drawings by Edwin Landseer', Burlington Magazine, 1310 (May 2012), 337-344 (no. 6)

Materials

Chalk; Graphite

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Ecorche study

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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