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Sir Edwin Landseer (1803-73)

The Sanctuary 1842

RCIN 403195

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In the ethereal evening light, an exhausted stag reaches safety after escaping from hunters, the arc of its path through the water echoed by the pattern of the disturbed ducks overhead. Although Landseer took part in hunts himself, here all attention is placed on the majestic stag.

Purchased by Queen Victoria and presented to Prince Albert on his birthday, 26 August 1842

No. 124