Lion: A Newfoundland Dog

Oil Painting
1824 (painted)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
oil on canvas
Brief Description
Oil painting, 'Lion: A Newfoundland Dog' by Sir Edwin Landseer RA, British school, 1823
Physical Description
Painting of Lion, a Newfoundland breed of dog, against a mountainous (probably of the highlands of Scotland) landscape. Oil on canvas.
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 149.8cm
  • Estimate width: 195.6cm
  • Weight: 115kg
  • Frame height: 194.5cm (Note: Frame sizes updated on July 2019)
  • Frame width: 240cm
  • Frame depth: 18cm
Style
Credit line
Bequeathed by Mrs Ann de Merle
Object history
Bequeathed by Mrs Ann de Merle, 1894
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
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.
Bibliographic References
  • 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
Collection
Accession Number
852-1894

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record createdNovember 6, 2002
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