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Oil painting - Young roebuck and rough hounds
  • Young roebuck and rough hounds
    Landseer, Edwin Henry
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Young roebuck and rough hounds

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Sir Edwin Landseer (1803-1873) was a prodigious artistic talent from an early age, entering the Royal Academy schools aged only 14. He was proficient both as a painter and a draughtsman and was elected a Royal Academician in 1831. During a long and distinguished career he exhibited 179 works at the Royal Academy and 94 at the British Institute. He enjoyed the patronage of the Royal family and is especially well known for the paintings he did for them of the life and landscape of the Scottish Highlands.

Although he painted portraits, Landseer's work predominantly deals with animals and human genre. This particular painting was exhibited at the British Institute in 1840. In his Catalogue of the Works of the Late Edwin Landseer, published in 1876, A. Graves states that the roebuck was shot by Lord Cosmo Russell, who was also the owner of the two upper dogs: Melody and Toddy. The painting is a good example of Landseer's ability to portray a patron's favourite dogs in an imaginative composition.

Physical description

The body of a young roebuck lies draped over some rocks. Two dogs, one to the left of the ders head, the other to the right take hold of the animals neck in their mouths. The heads of two further dogs occur at the lower edge of the cnavas, one on the left looking out at the viewer and one on the right looking up at the dead roebuck.

Place of Origin

Britain (painted)


ca. 1840 (painted)


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

Materials and Techniques

Oil on panel


Height: 53.3 cm estimate, Width: 43.2 cm estimate, Height: 715 mm framed, Width: 615 mm framed, Depth: 70 mm framed, :

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Exhibited at the British Institution, 1840 no.1 'Young Buck and Rough Hounds' (2ft 5in x 2ft 1in)

Descriptive line

Oil painting on panel entitled 'Young Roebuck and Rough Hounds' by Sir Edwin Landseer. Great Britain, 1840.

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

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 150
Richard Ormond, Monarch of the Glen: Landseer in the Highlands. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland, 2005.


Oil paint; Panel


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Hounds; Deer


Paintings; Anthropomorphism; Images Online; Animals and Wildlife


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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