This black retriever is shown holding a green slipper in its mouth while waiting patiently at the cottage door to be let in.
Landseer (1802-1873) achieved great wealth and fame for his grand hunting and deerstalking scenes set in the Scottish Highlands. The retriever is a type of gun dog that retrieves game after hunting.
Here the dog is not shown in action but in a domestic setting. Landseer has captured the wonderful effect of the dog's fluffy fur by using broad coarse brush strokes and small specks of white to create texture and tone.
- Oil paint on canvas
- Bequeathed by Emma Holt in 1944
- Accession number WAG 249
This painting, from Sudley House's collection, is not currently on display. However you can find dogs in several of the other paintings at Sudley House, including:
- Taking the Deer: the Duke of Atholl with Foresters by Landseer
- View on the Clyde by Nasmyth
- The Windmill by Creswick
- Landscape, Morning by Creswick
- Pastoral, Mountain Shepherd by Linnell
- Landscape by Stark