Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A. 1802 - 1873
Tortoiseshell cat in profile
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© Royal Academy of Arts, London
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Tortoiseshell cat in profile, ca.1810
Pencil on cream wove paper, 107 X 104 mm
Given by Sir John Aird, 1883
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Sir Edwin Landseer's lifelong passion for depicting animals is evident even in his earliest drawings. He drew the animals he saw around him, taking a particular interest in farms. The Royal Academy's collection of early Landseer drawings includes a menagerie of cattle, pigs and horses as well as domestic animals like cats and dogs.