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Sporting Art Sale
19th September 2020
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer RA (1802-1873)
A stag at bay
Pencil and crayon, monogrammed gallery label verso, 23.5cm by 34cm
Provenance: Frederick B Daniell & Son, London; Andrew Clarke Fine Art; Private Collection, North Yorkshire
In the Pantheon of sporting artists there are several names which will always set the pulse racing for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Names such as George Stubbs, Alfred Munnings and Sir Edwin Henry Landseer.
It is therefore with some excitement that Tennants will offer a drawing by Landseer in the Sporting Art Sale on 25th April. The pencil and crayon vignette, presumably set in Landseer’s beloved Scotland, depicts the exciting denouement of a day’s stalking, with a pair of hounds poised to take down the stag at the edge of a loch.
Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-1873) was a painter and sculptor who achieved unrivalled popularity as an animal painter in Victorian England and became Queen Victoria’s favourite artist. From an early age Landseer excelled in his artistic endeavours, and at the age of 13 he exhibited in the Royal Academy. He studied under his father, an engraver, and the history painter Benjamin Robert Haydon who encouraged him to study animal skeletal and muscular form through dissections. He excelled at painting anatomically correct animals, whom he often ennobled with human characteristics and frequently set in dramatic contexts.
As his fame grew, Landseer’s appeal crossed class boundaries. Whilst his largescale, majestic oil paintings were commissioned by royalty and aristocracy, engravings published by his brother were hung in middle class homes throughout the country. His ability to capture the spirit of an animal appealed to Victorian sentimentality, and amongst his most popular works were his depictions of dogs as faithful servants.
Landseer had a deep love of Scotland, which he visited annually from 1824 dividing his time between drawing and hunting. The sublime Scottish landscape forms the backdrop for many of his major works, such as ‘Monarch of the Glen’, which was purchased by the National Galleries of Scotland for £4m in 2017.
The theme of stag and hounds is frequently found in Landseer’s oeuvre. Not only was this a subject Landseer knew well from his highland holidays, but a descent into depression in his thirties turned his mind to darker subjects. Visceral depictions of the battle between predator and prey, between life and death reflected Victorian preoccupations; they were allegories of man’s struggle and reflected the newly proposed theory of survival of the fittest. Landseer imbued his paintings with a pathos, a sense of the sublime which invoked in the viewer feelings of danger and the wild power of nature. The present sketch ably conveys to the viewer, in just a few strokes of a crayon, the lip-curling ferocity of the hounds and the proud power of the stag, just out of reach, in the moments before the wound in its flank weakens it enough to succumb.
The traditional collectable ceramic models made by Beswick and Border Fine Arts still attract a strong following at auction. All modelled on rural and farming subjects, they are a firm favourite amongst traditional farming communities. This display of Beswick figures will be coming up for sale on 7th August as part of the Antiques & Interiors Sale.
Jewellery, Silver & Watches
Highlights of the Autumn’s Jewellery, Silver & Watch Sales on 19th September and 14th November, including a fine diamond-set watch made by Harry Winston.
Fine clocks and a collection of Lantern Clocks are displayed ahead of the Country House and Fine Sale on 17th & 18th July.
Arts & Crafts
A selection of Arts and Crafts furniture and metal ware that are to be included in the 20th Century Design Sale on 25th July.
Costume, Accessories & Textiles
The Costume, Accessories & Textiles Sale in November includes some fine period costume and textiles, including a stunning 1920s crystal-embellished blue jacket and dress, which is now on display.
A dazzling rainbow of Whitefriars Glass is displayed, ahead of its sale in the Antiques & Interiors Sale on 26th September. The collection includes pieces from the 1960s, such as ‘The Drunken Bricklayer’
Mouseman & Yorkshire Critters
Part of the Private Family Collection of 1930s Mouseman Furniture coming up in the 20th Century Design Sale on 25th July is now on display, including two desirable bedside cupboards.
Modern & Contemporary Art
Works by Mary Fedden and Brian ‘Braaq’ Shields are displayed, alongside an iconic Norman Cornish drawing of a ‘Man at a Bar’. Also included in the display are animal sculptures by Sally Arnup and a silk scarf designed by Henry Moore. The Modern & Contemporary Art Sale is a Timed Online Auction running from 26th July – 6th August.
Highlights of the Sporting Art Sale on 19th September, including a fine drawing by Sir Edwin Landseer of ‘A Stag at Bay’.