Edwin Landseer was an English artist. This artist’s home was in London, where he was born in 1802.
When he was a little fellow, only four or five years of age, he delighted in drawing pictures of animals. On holidays he and his two older brothers used to leave the noisy, dusty city and walk out into the green fields that lay beyond London. In one of these fields there was a great oak tree, and in its shade the three boys would sit, while Edwin drew pictures of the shaggy donkeys and thick-fleeced sheep that grazed around them.
Landseer’s father encouraged and helped the boy in his drawing, and when Edwin grew older he was sent to an art school. There he worked so earnestly that, while he was still a very young man, he became well known as a painter of animals. He painted pictures of horses, deer, cattle, and sheep, of squirrels and of monkeys, but he was especially fond of painting dogs. He showed his fondness for dogs very young, and on account of it was sometimes jokingly called “the little dog-boy.”
Landseer loved animals. He studied their looks and actions and habits, and because of this love and knowledge of them his pictures are full of life.