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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 176

Edwin Henry Landseer letters and drawings


Letters about sittings, copyright, and social life, and drawings, by the English artist Edwin Landseer.


  • Creation: 1828-1870

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.1 linear feet (1 volume)

Autograph letters by Landseer to various correspondents concerning gallery exhibitions, portrait sittings, painting prices, copyright, and social engagements. There are also two signed and dated drawings in pencil of a horse and a dog, as well as one signed and dated etching of donkeys. Also includes three letters from his brother Charles Landseer to Charles H. Hills, one letter from Sir Francis Grant to Charles H. Hills, and one letter from his brother Thomas Landseer to Charles H. Hills.

The material is laid in the pages of an album, bound in morocco, gilt, by Lloyd, Wallis & Lloyd.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Edwin Henry Landseer was a British painter known for his sentimental portrayals of animals, particularly dogs and horses, and for his sculptures of lions in Trafalgar Square, London. He was a brother to engraver Thomas Landseer, painter Charles Landseer, artist Jessica Landseer, and artist Emma Landseer.

Physical Location



From the library of Arthur H. Lea.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Gift of Caroline Tyler Lea (née Brown); received: 1938 June 20.

Landseer, Edwin Henry, Sir, 1803-1873. Edwin Henry Landseer letters and drawings, 1828-1870: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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