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Oil painting - A Highland Breakfast

A Highland Breakfast

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Date:

    ca. 1834 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A Highland Breakfast shows a young mother tenderly suckling her baby while a group of dogs feeds from a tub nearby. When the painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1834 the Athenaeum commended 'the group of terriers and hounds... socially toiling with their teeth.... [and the] young mother giving her child the breast... the innocence of the latter, and the truth and nature of the former are equally striking'. The work is a fine example of Landseer's ability to combine a genre situation with canine studies in an intimate Scottish setting.


ca. 1834 (painted)


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

Materials and Techniques

Oil on panel


Height: 50.8 cm estimate, Width: 66 cm estimate, Height: 790 mm framed, Width: 940 mm framed, Depth: 65 mm framed, :

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'A Highland Breakfast', Edwin Henry Landseer, ca. 1834

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

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 139
Richard Ormond, Monarch of the Glen: Landseer in the Highlands. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland, 2005.
Tom Ewart, Stephan Brakensiek ... [et al.] eds. Les animaux dans l'art Luxembourg : Villa Vauban, c2013. Description: 96 p. : col. ill., ports. ; 30 cm. ISBN: 9782919878024



Oil paint; Panel


Oil painting


Paintings; Anthropomorphism; Images Online; Scotland


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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