Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802 - 1873):
Two Studies of a Stag's Head
A443; oil on canvas; 65 x 47 cm.
Presented by Mrs E.W. Creed, 1935; WA1935.65.
From his childhood onwards, Landseer had a remarkable facility for drawings animals, based on an intimate knowledge of their anatomy. Even before his first visit to the Highlands in 1824, he had drawn deer and hunting scenes, but his discovery of Scotland stimulated his interest in deer, which culminated in his most celebrated picture, The Monarch of the Glen (1851; Dewars). These studies probably date from the later part of Landseer's career.
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.