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The Shakespeare of Dogs – Sir Edwin Henry Landseer

The Arts Society Leicester present The Shakespeare of Dogs – Sir Edwin Henry Landseer

Speaker – Karin Fernald

In his heyday, the animal artist Edwin Landseer (1802 – 1873) was hugely celebrated and loved for his dogs and Highland stags; later, for his lions in Trafalgar Square. He was a child prodigy; aged 5 years old he made a detailed study of a foxhound which astounded everybody; later he became known for his vivid and varied textures of animal skin, hair and fur which he achieved with special brushes, keeping their design a secret. He was a party man, with party tricks; with his left hand he could draw a horse’s head and with his right a stag’s head complete with horns – at the same time! Widely appreciated for his dogs, he painted comic dogs, tragic dogs, and in-between dogs and he became known – with some justification – as the Shakespeare of Dogs.

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