Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A. (1802-1873)
Portrait of a Gentleman with spectacles
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.