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  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1834 (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:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The subject, a bloodhound waiting at a door as if ready to spring, is purposefully unclear, but discarded armour and a knight's plume suggest an absent master. The picture was much admired, though one critic objected to 'the absurd air of sentimentality which Mr. Landseer so uniformly gives to these canine creatures'.

Physical description

Oil on panel entitled 'Suspense' depicting a dog looking intently at the base of a door, in front of a table. Upon the table are a pair of gauntlets and there is a feather or piece of hair on the floor.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, painted)


ca. 1834 (painted)


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

Materials and Techniques

Oil on panel


Height: 69.9 cm estimate, Width: 90.8 cm estimate, :

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

Oil painting entitled 'Suspense' by Edwin Henry Landseer. Great Britain, 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, pp. 148-49


Oil paint; Panel


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Gauntlet; Feather; Dog


Paintings; Anthropomorphism; Animals and Wildlife; Images Online


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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