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Manufacturer: Landseer
Loyalty! The Old Shepherds Chief Mourner was an oil on canvas painted in 1837 by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer. This is a rare funeral CDV photo engraving of this famous work, circa 1873.Shepherd's crook and hat cast aside, this Collie canine companion sits by his dead master straw covered casket. Fine Carte De Visite.

Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and Charles Dickens favorite artist, he exhibited in Paris, The Louvre, The Fine Arts Museums Of San Francisco FAMSF, The Wade Collection and several major private collections from engraving, Landseer was the most famous pet dog artist of the Victorian era. Born in March 7 1802 and studying with Hayden, he attended the Royal Academy in London.

Son of Engraver John Landseer, his family was a major factor in his work. His brother Thomas Landseer, also a notable artist heavily promoted his engravings of Sir Edwins dogs establishing forever this artist in popular culture.

Animal portraits and sculptures were Landseer passions. His Love for hunting and the hounds and pets of the Scottish Highlands drove him forward. Yearly trips to Scotland became an obsession.

Landseer major works like his deer Stag Hunt painting, The Monarch Of the Glen, was only topped in fame by his masterfully designed sculpture, Lions at Nelson Monument in Trafalgar Square. As an early teen he was given a dead Lion from a Bestiary as zoos were called in Victorian times and learned anatomy from hours of dissection and sketching. Trafalgar was his last major work. 1866. His faithful dogs were a favorite theme. Many rescuing drowning victims, children, he identified with. The Landseer Newfoundland became the name associated with his drawings of lifesaving.

To Quote The Royal Collection, where many of his best work in the Victoria and Albert Museum; Landseer's choice of subject illustrates the Victorian obsession with the trappings of death, combined with is specialty the anthropomorphic representation of Dogs, with pathos and realism.

Years of stress alcohol, depression and drug abuse fueled his mental frailty. He was declared insane in 1872. He died in 1873, buried in St. Paul's Cathedral.

We have one other great Landseer dog C.D.V. please ask!

Tear Drop Memories offers fine Postmortem photography, rare funeral collectibles and interesting cemetery art and death related books. Please visit our other two Tias web shops ; North Fork Pets And Antiques, a great shop for antique Victorian bird cages and vintage animal collectibles and Maidens Memoirs, the place for old Love letters, Victorian scrap books, circus freak photos and vintage diaries. Email us for our phone number we are dying to hear from you!

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