About the artist
Landseer's reputation as an unrivalled animal artist ensured his immense popularity in Victorian Britain. His work was well-received across all social classes, with copies of his art common in middle-class homes, while he was equally popular among the aristocracy.
Queen Victoria was among his high-profile patrons, commissioning several paintings from him. Beginning with portraits of royal pets, Landseer's subjects evolved into depictions of ghillies and gamekeepers. He even painted a portrait of the queen herself, the year before her marriage as a gift for Prince Albert.
His famous painting, ""The Monarch of the Glen"" dating back to 1851, is now exhibited at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh. Landseer had a special connection with Scotland, especially the Highlands, which he visited in 1824. This region provided inspiration and subjects for many of his noteworthy paintings.
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