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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Paintings, Room 82, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries

The Eagle's Nest

Oil Painting
ca. 1833 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Landseer seems to have painted this picture in the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland. In 1851 a critic wrote that 'the grand melancholy solitude of the Highlands is well expressed, though the tone of the colouring is too heavy'.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Oil on millboard
Brief Description
Oil painting entitled 'The Eagle's Nest' by Edwin Henry Landseer. Great Britain, ca. 1833.
Physical Description
Oil on millboard entitled 'The Eagle's Nest', depicting a nocturnal scene with two eaglets in a nest on a rocky outcropping, guarded by one adult eagle, with another in mid-flight in the distance.
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 25.4cm
  • Estimate width: 35.6cm
  • Framed height: 460mm
  • Framed width: 560mm
  • Framed depth: 40mm
Dimensions taken from Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990. Framed dims taken from object.
Style
Gallery Label
50. Edwin Landseer (1803-73) The Eagle's Nest Oil on canvas, 25.4 x 35.6 cm (10 x 14 ins) Landseer became the most famous painter of animals of the nineteenth century. As a precocious youth he had been heavily influenced by the realism of George Stubbs's animal painting, but he added an extra element of anthropomorphism; that is he often gave the creatures he depicted almost human expressions and situations. Landseer grew to love Scotland after his first trip there in 1824, when he visited Sir Walter Scott. He then frequently returned to the landscape of Scotland and the wild creatures he had seen there. This work is a fine example of Landseer depicting birds in a vast natural setting. The wild mountains and the bleak rocks, the few bare sticks of the great bird's nest, have a romantic melancholy which appealed to those who admired the poetry of nature in its untamed state. Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857 (FA 102)(2002)
Credit line
Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857
Object history
Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857



Exhibited at the British Institution, 1834, no.276 (1ft 5in x 1ft 8in)
Subjects depicted
Summary
Landseer seems to have painted this picture in the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland. In 1851 a critic wrote that 'the grand melancholy solitude of the Highlands is well expressed, though the tone of the colouring is too heavy'.
Bibliographic References
  • 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.
  • Evans, Mark et al. Vikutoria & Arubāto Bijutsukan-zō : eikoku romanshugi kaigaten = The Romantic tradition in British painting, 1800-1950 : masterpieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Japan : Brain Trust, 2002
Collection
Accession Number
FA.102[O]

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record createdApril 24, 2003
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