Arts Everyday Living: Best Friends and Companions—Queen Victoria’s Beloved Dachshund

Sir Edwin Landseer, Dackel, 1849, oil on canvas, Royal Collection Trust, UK

British master Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-1873) has immortalized the pets of Queen Victoria, particularly her dogs like smooth-haired Dackel (who lived to be 15). Few artists recreated animals with a combination of realism and a sensitivity for individual personality such as man’s (and woman’s) best friend represented above.

 

 

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