Artwork of the Week – Sir Edwin Landseer

Liverpool artwork of the week 2011-11. ‘Dog with slipper’, (1848, Oil on panel) by Sir Edwin Landseer in Sudley House.

It’s good to dip into the NML collections every so often and we haven’t been to good old Sudley House for a while.

This is the latest of the Landseer works you can see at Sudley. It is also the most sentimental. The others (‘Taking the Deer‘, ‘Lake Scene’ and ‘Hunting Scene’) are more visceral in their depiction of animals or the countryside.

‘Dog with Slipper’ does, however, show Landseer’s famed ability to characterise animals through precise observation of their posture and behaviour.

Here, the animal is seen patiently awaiting the return of its human, favourite slippers at the ready. Such scenes of canine loyalty were very popular throughout the 19th century.