7th March 1802. Landseer.
The famed painter and sculptor Sir Edwin Henry Landseer RA was born Today in 1802, noted for his four lions at Trafalgar Square and his many depictions of animals so no Victorian parlour was complete without steel engraving reproductions of his Monarch of the Glen (1851).
The painting on the left is supposed to have created the legend of the St. Bernard Dog carrying a small cask of brandy for anyone lost in the mountain.
However don’t do this at home as alcohol causes the blood to flow to the surface blood vessels which has the effect of cooling the body further.
The engraving of the Stag at Bay (1865) depicts the battle against a stag and two wolves portrayed in epic terms. It shows the stag rearing its head as it tries to crush the enemy and to add to its emotional power there is the stormy sky and an eagle awaiting the inevitable carrion.
The engraving reproductions by Thomas, Landseer’s older brother were responsible for the painting’s fame in the 1840.s and 1850.s as it achieved monumental sales and thus set to hang over the chimney breasts of Victorian households.
Many of Landseer’s paintings can seen at the Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum and the Wallace Collection.