This 19th century painting was obviously inspired by the work of one of the most beloved Victorian painters of animals, Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873). Landseer is best known for endowing his animal subjects with romantic and noble characteristics while depicting their anatomies from careful observation.
One of the more unusual features of this painting is the artist’s dramatic use of light and contrast. Through the paned glass window comes just enough light into the stable to illuminate the hound’s white fur, the straw, and other elements in the scene. The soulful dog is in a sitting position, looking out. His expression is keen and his features are well delineated. The fur is also painted in fine detail. The raised wooden platform most likely serves as his bed.
This is a wonderfully moody and sensitive portrait. The artist’s limited color palette helps convey the seriousness of the piece. The unusual elongated size makes it especially decorative.
This painting is housed in a custom-made wood and gesso gilded frame in a traditional sporting art style.
It measures 43-3/4 inches high and 22-3/4 inches wide, including the frame.