Edwin Landseer

1 portrait

Edwin Landseer, by John Ballantyne, circa 1865 - NPG 835 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Edwin Landseer

by John Ballantyne
oil on canvas, circa 1865
31 1/2 in. x 44 1/2 in. (800 mm x 1130 mm)
Given by Sir William Agnew, 1st Bt, 1890
Primary Collection
NPG 835


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  • John Ballantyne (1815-1897), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 9 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Landseer is shown in the studio of Baron Marochetti modelling one of the lions for the base of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square. This project occupied him on and off for the eight years between 1858 and 1866 and contributed to the ill health which clouded the last ten years of his life. Known for his amusing and sentimental paintings featuring his pet dogs, Landseer is here attended by a collie. The dog is thought to be Lassie, known to have been his constant companion in the studio at this time. The portrait is one of a series of artists in their studios by Ballantyne which the artist exhibited as a set in November 1865.

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