Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A. (1802-1873)

Portrait of a Gentleman with spectacles

Sir Edwin Landseer, man

Head and shoulders, pen and brown ink and wash

22.9 x 17.3 cm; 9 x 10 3/4 inches


Private collection, UK, bought at a charity auction at the Finchingfield Guildhall

Landseer’s caricatures are a less well-known aspect of his art. They were made for private circulation and show Landseer’s effortless ability to capture the physical oddities of his subjects in an acute yet affectionate fashion. This drawing was once thought to depict Paganini but the subject is currently unidentified.