1 December 2000
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, R.A. (1802-1873)
A wooded river landscape with a windmill beyond
signed, inscribed and dated 'To/Mr Tiffen/November 19th. 1838/Sir/The sketch of the sunset .../sent for my inspection was/unquestionably painted by me/many years ago, as I/do not remember the exact/time - I cannot write the/date on the Picture./I am Sir. Yr obedient .../ELandseer' (on a letter attached to the reverse)
oil on paper, laid down on card, unframed
10 x 105/8 in. (25.3 x 27 cm.)
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Evidently a work of the artist's juvenilia, in its confident treatment of light and landscape, the present work gives and illuminating insight into Landseer's early artistic development.
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