Happy Victoria Day, Dear Little Blog People!!!!
"Queen Victoria and her consort Prince Albert first took an interest in chloroform in 1848. However, her physicians had grave reservations about the safety of obstetric anaesthesia. Victoria's seventh delivery, Arthur, Duke of Connaught (1850-1942), took place in 1850 without the aid of an anaesthetic.
The only things more wonderful than a Queen or Horse painting by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (who was able to paint with both hands at the same time, for example, paint a horse's head with the right and its tail with the left, simultaneously..)
...are the doggies.
I'm comfortable categorizing that last Landseer as a dog since the lion's head was obviously plonked onto the body of a Golden Lab [you may discuss this subject amongst yourselves]
the lion reminds me of the stubbs kangaroo, cook sent stubbs a kangroo corpus and asked him to paint it, he did the whole charnel house rude mechanichals thing he did with the horses, but put it in the exact same landscape as his horses, etc. So you have this slightly off exotic beast in the midst of the moors. anyways, the lion is like that (is there a word for this kind of painting?)
The only way I've heard this stuff described is Victorian, or Royal Academy, Landseer was inducted at the age of 30, probably because his stuff was so popular.
Here's the Stubbs 'roo.
its bovine painting
Oh bill, you and your crazy modern art!
oh i dont think that stubbs is victorian, but the non western animals in european landscapes, i meant
That was me who had Victoria on the brain.
The picture of the 2 dogs (the original of course) looking out the doghouse door would make a perfect birthday gift. And the "golden lab" has a much thicker tail. (you may verify with the pcitures on my fridge)
At a recent auction of what Christie's called second rate Victorian paintings, a Landseer went for £1.3 million.
isnt andrew lloyd webber collecting landseer? and all of that overly moneyed country rights people, like Bowles son?