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: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/landseer-sleeping-bloodhound-n00603), 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” (https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1878-0511-169).
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 (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
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