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Drawing - Ecorche drawing of the head of a dog
  • Ecorche drawing of the head of a dog
    Landseer, Thomas, born 1795 - died 1880
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Ecorche drawing of the head of a dog

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (drawn)

  • Date:

    1816 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Landseer, Thomas, born 1795 - died 1880 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black and red chalk heightened with white chalk on brown paper

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    E.6-2011

  • Gallery location:

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

Thomas Landseer (1793/4-1880) was an older brother of the more famous Edwin. He was an engraver, often making prints after his brother's paintings. As a young man Thomas Landseer attended the school run by the artist Benjamin Robert Haydon, which was set up in opposition to the Royal Academy schools. Study of anatomy was a crucially important aspect of Haydon's curriculum, and his students made drawings from dissections and attended classes in anatomy run by the famous surgeon Sir Charles Bell. Human corpses were difficult to obtain at this time, so animal subjects were often dissected instead. This drawing is inscribed 'Bell's', evidence that Landseer made it during one of the anatomy demonstrations given at Bell's premises in Soho, London. It is one of a group of three drawings of an écorché (skinned) dog in the V&A by Thomas Landseer which he made as a young student.

Physical description

Ecorche drawing of the head of a dog. On the verso are black chalk studies of a baby.

Place of Origin

London (drawn)

Date

1816 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Landseer, Thomas, born 1795 - died 1880 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Black and red chalk heightened with white chalk on brown paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed lower left: 'Feby 1816 - T. Landseer' and lower right 'Bell's / Study from Nature of a Dead [corner of sheet missing]'

Dimensions

Height: 31.1 cm, Width: 48.7 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Thomas Landseer (1795-1880), ecorche drawing of the head of a dog, 1816

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

Susan Owens, 'Ecorché drawings by Edwin Landseer', Burlington Magazine, 1310 (May 2012), 337-344

Materials

Chalk

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Ecorche study

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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