'Lion: A Newfoundland Dog', oil painting

'Lion: A Newfoundland Dog', oil painting

'Lion: A Newfoundland Dog'
Oil painting
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
England
1824
Museum no. 852-1894

The Newfoundland is a large Canadian working dog, capable of drawing a sledge, and celebrated for its intelligence, docility and lifesaving abilities. The dog's owner, W. H. de Merle, commissioned this painting in 1824. The painter, Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, specialised at an early age in Scottish domestic subjects and animals, especially dogs. This example is one of Landseer's earliest paintings of the Newfoundland breed, a variety of the breed was later named after the painter. Paintings of Newfoundland dogs greatly appealed to nineteenth century taste, with its combination of animal magnificence and canine heroism.