'Dog with slipper', Sir Edwin Landseer

A dog brings a pair of slippers to the foot of a wooden door

This is the latest of the Landseer works you can see at Sudley. It is also the most sentimental. The others ('Taking the Deer', 'Lake Scene' and 'Hunting Scene') are more visceral in their depiction of animals or the countryside.

'Dog with Slipper' does, however, show Landseer's famed ability to characterise animals through precise observation of their posture and behaviour.

Here, the animal is seen patiently awaiting the return of its human, favourite slippers at the ready. Such scenes of canine loyalty were very popular throughout the 19th century.

Artwork Details

Medium and Support: Oil on panel
Accession No: WAG 249