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Suspense

Oil Painting
ca. 1834 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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'.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Oil on panel
Brief Description
Oil painting entitled 'Suspense' by Edwin Henry Landseer. Great Britain, ca. 1834.
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.
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 69.9cm
  • Estimate width: 90.8cm
Dimensions taken from Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990
Style
Credit line
Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857
Object history
Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857
Subjects depicted
Summary
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'.
Bibliographic Reference
Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 148-49
Collection
Accession Number
FA.99[O]

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record createdMay 13, 2003
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