Mr Plumber's Dog
Mr Plumber's Dog
Mr Plumber's Dog


Mr Plumber's Dog

1802 to 1873 England

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Royal Academy Exhibit 1819 No 930
1802 – 1873 signed
Oil on canvas 21 ¼ x 25 ¾ inches
Framed size 29 ¼ x 33 ½ inches

Edwin was the youngest son of John Landseer A.R.A a noted engraver who lived in London.
From the age of 5 Edwin Landseer showed exceptional talent for drawing animals and would take
himself off for the day, just to go and sketch any animals he saw.
He received some early instruction from his father, but at the age of fourteen he was enrolled into the Royal Academy Schools where his talent astonished many of his teachers.
In 1815 ‘Master Landseer’ had his first painting exhibited at the Royal Academy and he was only thirteen years of age.
The present painting was one of his very first exhibits under ‘professional status’ still only seventeen when he painted it in 1819.
In 1824 he visited the Highlands of Scotland for the first time where he met Sir Walter Scott and the young Edwin was fascinated by the wild nature of the landscape, which made a dramatic setting for his animal paintings. He would return there many times and was responsible, in no small part, through his painting using that landscape for a great increase in English visitors to the area, including Queen Victoria who purchased Balmoral Castle as a result.
Edwin became a firm favourite of the Queen and many other members of the British aristocracy for painting portraits of themselves and their animals.
His career was one success after another. He turned his hand to sculpture which resulted in the huge stone lions at the base of Nelsons column in Trafalgar Square. He painted exceptional human portraits and some monumental history subjects.
He became an Associate of the Royal Academy at just twenty-four and was made a full member in 1830 then aged twenty eight years old. (still one of the youngest ever recorded).
He became Royal Painter to the Court in 1836. His works became very popular which led to many engravings of his work (some by his father). This made him extremely wealthy through painting sales and printing royalties.
In 1850 he received a Knighthood from the Queen and at the death of Sir Charles Eastlake, the President of the Royal Academy, Edwin was offered the post but declined.

In 1855 he exhibited in Paris where he received the Gold Medal.

After an extraordinary career he died in 1873 at his home in St. Johns Wood, London.
The following year the Royal Academy honoured his career with an exhibition of 461 paintings & sketches.

Works Represented: Royal Collection; Victoria & Albert Museum and many other Museums & Private Collections around the World.
Height 21.25 inch (53.97 cm)
Width 25.75 inch (65.40 cm)
External Height 29.25 inch (74.29 cm)
External Width 33.50 inch (85.09 cm)
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