Arts Everyday Living: Best Friends & Companions–the Royal Pets of Queen Victoria

Sir Edwin Landseer, Waldmann, 1841, oil on panel, Royal Collection Trust, UK

 

British master Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-1873) is considered one of the supreme painters of animals, demonstrated here in his moving portraits of two of Queen Victoria’s pets.  Landseer was a favorite artist of the queen and she commissioned the portrayal of Waldmann above, a smooth haired dachshund as well as The Lory, a parrot given to the young Victoria by the father of her future husband Albert, Prince Consort.

 

Sir Edwin Landseer, The Lory, 1837-1838, oil on canvas, Royal Collection Trust, UK

 

 

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