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Artist
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, British, 1802–1873
Date
1829
Material
Oil on canvas
Place depicted
Cumbria, England, Europe
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 205
Dimensions
39 7/8 x 32 7/8 in. (101.3 x 83.5 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Eugene A. Perry in memory of her mother, Mrs. Claude Kilpatrick by exchange
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
123:1987
NOTES
This painting illustrates Sir Walter Scott's poem "Helvellyn," about a faithful dog that guarded her master's body after he had fallen while mountain climbing. Though the body went undiscovered for three months, the dog stayed to ward off the ravens and foxes that might have scavenged the remains. Edwin Henry Landseer dramatizes this scene through vivid contrasts of light and shadow, and by placing the man's body at the bottom of the composition, which emphasizes the great height from which it fell.
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