An original late 19th-century pen & ink drawing, The Beggar Dog after Sir Edwin Landseer.
A charming pen and ink drawing of a dog begging for food with a bowl in its mouth. Flanked by various household items, including a worn hat, a dead rabbit, a basket and a cane, the work creates a visual statement on the contrasts between dearth and wealth, genre and portrait, and the wild versus the tamed. Executed from an 1880 engraving by Sir Edwin Landseer.
Unsigned. Inscribed lower right: "The Beggar".
There are some minor marks to the image as shown, including faint lined marks towards the outer edge, presumably from previous mounting. There are minor glue marks to the corners on the verso of the sheet from historically being laid down, which do not affect the front.
19.5cm x 27.6cm.
This picture forms part of a whimsical collection of works we have for sale of various farm and domestic animals, such as dogs, chickens, horses and cows, dating from the late 1870s and early 1880s.
Many of the works appear to be intricately detailed copies of popular Victorian prints taken from well-known sources. Four are replicas of established works by the famed animal painter Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, such as “The Three Dogs” and “The Pet of the Duchess”, which were reproduced in a collection called “The Landseer Gallery” printed in 1875. The drawings of chickens are also possibly drawn around this time; some of them appear to be copies of breeds printed in Cassell’s Poultry Book published in that same year. Other images also stem from serial publications such as the Illustrated London News, as well as other popular French and British animal prints.
Although the works appear to be executed by a number of hands given the variance in styles and subject matter, their roots in popular print culture indicates the wealth of affordable visual imagery newly accessible to the Victorian literary public at the end of the century, as well as the emerging Victorian taste for subjects of simplicity, domesticity and kitsch.
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Product code: JF-538