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Comical Dogs

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1836 (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:

    FA.100[O]

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

One of these wire-haired terriers has a ram's horn snuff container and wears a Scottish bonnet, while the other has a clay pipe in its mouth and wears a lady's cap. A critic observed that the artist 'gives them all the intelligence of the canine nature' but 'never plays with the falsehood of a fanciful or humanised expression'.

Physical description

'Comical Dogs', oil on panel, depicting two dogs, one wearing a white bonnet appears to smoke a pipe and sits back on its hind legs with both front paws up, the other dog is wearing a Scottish tam on his head.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)

Date

1836 (painted)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

oil on panel

Dimensions

Height: 69.8 cm estimate, Width: 76.2 cm estimate, Depth: 7.2 cm framed, Height: 101.3 cm framed, Width: 107.3 cm framed

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

Oil painting entitled 'Comical Dogs' by Sir Edwin Landseer. Great Britain, 1836.

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

Richard Ormond, Monarch of the Glen: Landseer in the Highlands. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland, 2005.
Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 149
Julius Bryant, ed. Art and Design for All. The Victoria and Albert Museum London: V&A Publishing, 2011. ISBN: 9781851776665.
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
p.68

Labels and date

Landseer often portrayed Highland 'types', and in Comical Dogs this interest in the Scottish character is given an anthropomorphic dimension. The dogs are dressed up as a Scottish Darby and Joan. The terrier in the tam o'shanter fixes us with a keenly appraising gaze while his 'wife', wearing a lady's bonnet, sucks philosophically on her clay pipe. [24/07/2008]

Materials

Oil paint; Panel

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Smoking; Anthropomorphism; Pipes (smoking equipment); Parody; Humour; Dogs (animals); Hats

Categories

Paintings; Anthropomorphism; Images Online; Smoking accessories; Scotland

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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