Sir Edwin Landseer R.A., was one of the 19th century’s foremost animal painters. Born in London, the son of the engraver John Landseer, he was most famous for his paintings of horses, Highland scenes, and especially dogs, which made him a particular favorite of Queen Victoria. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1815, when he was only thirteen years old. After being elected ARA at the age of twenty-four, Landseer was raised to RA in 1831. The present painting, dated 1819, was undertaken when he was only seventeen years old, and demonstrates the young artist’s already mature handling of both paint and composition at this early moment in his career. The poodle Tapageur belonged to the Hon. Frederick Gerald Byng, who was himself nicknamed ‘Poodle,’ a sobriquet which had been given to him by Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, when he was young as a reference to his thick curly head of hair.