In Sir Edwin Henry Landseer’s “Monarch of the Glen,” a magnificent buck regally surveys his territory. An exceptional British animal painter, Landseer (1802 – 1873) often endowed his subjects with human traits. The artist created many detailed stag studies inspired by stags he had seen on his frequent visits to Scotland. The image of the stag has been used by Pear’s soap company, John Dewar and Sons distiller and The Hartford Financial Services Group.
Animals display a range of human deep emotions in Sir Edwin Henry Landseer’s sentimental paintings. The English artist (1802 – 1873) was a gifted child who first exhibited at the Royal Academy when he was only 13. Through careful study of dead animals, he was able to paint horses, dogs and deer with incredible precision. During trips to the Scottish Highlands, he found inspiration for his remarkable stag paintings. Widely admired for his work, the painter was elected to the Royal Academy in 1831 and knighted in 1850.