C1827

Monkeyana

Artist:

Thomas Landseer (1795 - 1880)

Very fine unsigned original pencil drawing unattributed but in all likelyhood by Thomas Landseer with etched title page, for Monkey-ana, or Men in Minature. The quality of the drawing is of the highest standard, with excellent draughtsmanship, which is evident … Read Full Description

$A 2,750

S/N: LAND-MONK–195587
(C079)
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Full Title:

Monkeyana

Date:

C1827

Artist:

Thomas Landseer (1795 - 1880)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Original etching & pencil drawing

Image Size: 

180mm 
x 200mm
AUTHENTICITY
Monkeyana - Antique Print from 1827

Genuine antique
dated:

1827

Description:

Very fine unsigned original pencil drawing unattributed but in all likelyhood by Thomas Landseer with etched title page, for Monkey-ana, or Men in Minature.

The quality of the drawing is of the highest standard, with excellent draughtsmanship, which is evident in the expressions on the faces, the anatomical correctness of the monkeys and the delicate treatment of the background foliage.

The title is taken from Shakespeare’s, The Life and Death of King John, Act 3, Scene 4.

Artist:

Thomas Landseer (1793-1880)

Landseer was best known for his engravings and etchings, particularly those of paintings by his youngest brother Edwin Landseer. He was born in London, the eldest of the fourteen children of engraver John Landseer. Seven of the children survived to adulthood and all became artists; his younger brothers were painters and later Royal Academicians Charles Landseer and Edwin Landseer. Like his father, Thomas was deaf. He was the only sibling to marry, his wife’s name was Belinda. His son George Landseer became a portrait and landscape painter. Like his siblings, Landseer was taught artistic techniques by his father. He then studied under painter Benjamin Robert Haydon alongside his brother Charles and William Bewick. He began etching aged 14, copying his precocious brother’s drawings. Thomas continued to make etched copies of Edwin’s works in later life, including Dignity and Impudence (1841), Alexander and Diogenes (1852), The Monarch of the Glen (1852) and, his last work, The Font (1875).

His soft-ground etchings complimented his brother’s animal paintings, and sales of the popular prints contributed to his brother’s fame and fortune. He assisted his brother with giving art lessons to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Landseer produced satirical etchings of monkeys in human clothing for Monkeyana, or, Men in Miniature (1827), and dedicated his Characteristic Sketches of Animals (1832) to the Zoological Society. He also exhibited paintings at the British Institution and the Royal Academy and was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1867 for his etchings.

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