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Sunday 7 August 2022

William Wise’s etching, “The Sleeping Bloodhound”, 1875, after Edwin Henry Landseer

William Wise (fl.1812–1876)

“The Sleeping Bloodhound”, 1875, after Edwin Henry Landseer’s (1802–1873) painting, “Sleeping Bloodhound”, exhibited 1835, in the collection of the Tate Gallery (inv. no. N00603; see:, published by Seeley & Co in London as an illustration to Philip Gilbert Hamerton’s (1834–1894) (ed.) art periodical, “The Portfolio”, 1875.

Etching on cream laid paper.

Size: (sheet) 24.3 x 29.1 cm; (plate) 17.8 x 21.2 cm; (image borderline) 15.5 x 19.8 cm.

Inscribed in plate with scratched lettering below the image borderline: (left) “W. WISE Sc.”

The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “A dog lying asleep on a fur rug, with a plumed helmet behind to left” (

Sadly, the dog, “Countess”, is not sleeping as Landseer has portrayed her. Instead, Countess was dead at the time when Landseer painted her. I understand that she fell to her death from the top of a high balustrade and her body was taken to Landseer to see if she could be immortalised. Landseer completed “Sleeping Bloodhound” four days later (see “The Portfolio”, 1875, p. 65).

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed (near faultless) impression in near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this superb etching after Edwin Landseer’s painting and possibly also after the engraving of the same composition by Edwin’s eldest brother, Thomas Landseer, for AU$187 (currently US$129.27/EUR126.89/GBP107.09 at the time of posting this print) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this sensitively executed etching, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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