Poster for Tate Britain’s 1982 exhibition of the work of Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, featuring an image of Landseer’s portrait of two dogs, who differ wildly in size and demeanour, titled Dignity and Impudence
. The white terrier and the bloodhound depicted belonged to the artist’s friend, advisor and manager, Jacob Bell.
The text on the poster reads:
TATE GALLERY, LONDON 10 FEBRUARY – 12 APRIL 1982
Recorded information 01.821 7128
Sir Edward Landseer, ‘Dignity and Impudence’ 1839 Published by the Tate Gallery Publications Department Printed in Great Britain by The Hillingdon Press, Uxbridge, Middlesex
Sir Edward Landseer
Landseer exhibtion poster
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An infant prodigy and the most successful of a large artistic family, Landseer quickly attained social and professional prowess. One of the foremost animal painters, his romantic works appealed to Victorian tastes and he was Queen Victoria’s favourite painter for a while. His reputation later plummeted due to the sentimental, moralistic tone of his work. Dogged by depression after a breakdown in his 30s he eventually completed the sculpture of four magnificent bronze lions for Nelson’s Column in 1860. Tate holds many of his paintings in the collection.