Ptarmigan (oil on canvas), Landseer, Sir Edwin (1802-73) / Private Collection / The Bridgeman Art Library
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.