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Edwin Henry Landseer
19 c. Early Modern Printmaker, painter
English, (active 1802–1873)
b. Mar. 7, 1802 in London, England; d. Oct. 1, 1873 in London, England.
Son of engraver and writer, John Landseer (1769-1852), and an infant prodigy. His life was a continual social and professional success. He was the favorite painter of Queen Victoria, a friend of Dickens and Thackeray, and was knighted in 1850. He refused the offer to serve as president of the Royal Academy. He tended to use animals as subjects, and humanize then by telling a sentimental story or point to a moral. He was also a portrait and historical scene painter, and sculptor. He spent the last years of his life with madness and alcoholism.

George Goldner; RILA/BHA; Thieme-Becker; Oxford Dictionary of Art.


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