Monday, June 15, 2009

Animal Painting

The Hunting of Chevy Chase (1825-1826) by the English painter Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873).

Landseer was one of the best animal painters in the Victorian age. Here he chose a historical subject based on a popular ballad about the medieval border wars between English and Scots. The result is, that the animals are nearly perfect, but the medieval costumes are a little ridiculous. Who would go hunting with chain mail and crown??

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