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Lion: A Newfoundland Dog

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    1824 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs Ann de Merle

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Newfoundland is a large Canadian working dog, capable of drawing a sledge, and celebrated for its intelligence, docility and swimming power. The dog's owner, W. H. de Merle, commissioned this painting. The artist based the background on landscape seen in Scotland.

Physical description

Painting of Lion, a Newfoundland breed of dog, against a mountainous (probably of the highlands of Scotland) landscape. Oil on canvas.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, painted)


1824 (painted)


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

Materials and Techniques

oil on canvas


Height: 149.8 cm estimate, Width: 195.6 cm estimate, Weight: 115 kg, Height: 194.5 cm frame, Width: 240 cm frame, Depth: 18 cm frame

Object history note

Bequeathed by Mrs Ann de Merle, 1894

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Lion: A Newfoundland Dog' by Sir Edwin Landseer RA, British school, 1823

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

Baker, Malcolm, and Brenda Richardson (eds.), A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: V&A Publications, 1999.
Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 152


Oil colour; Canvas


Painting (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Mountains; Landscapes (representations); Natural landscapes; Dog


Paintings; Images Online; Anthropomorphism; Scotland


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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