Alpine Mastiffs Reanimating a Distressed Traveller
(Edwin Henry Landseer)



74 ¼ x 93 3/8 in. (189 x 237 cm.)
oil on canvas

Jesse Watts Russell; his sale (†), Christie’s, London, 3 July 1875, lot 29.
Richard Peacock; his sale (†), Christie’s, London, 4 May 1889, lot 65, and 26 March 1892, lot 118.
Col. Ralph Peacock; his sale, Knight, Franck and Rutley, London, 31 October 1928.
Wildenstein & Co., New York.
Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge; her sale (†), Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, 5 December 1975, lot 54.
Jack Warner and the Gulf States Paper Corporation, Tuscaloosa, AL.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, New York, 4 June 1993, lot 61 ($525,000).
Private collection, Mexico City.


J. Landseer, ‘Some Account of the Dogs and of the Pass of the Great Saint Bernard, Intended to Accompany an Engraving after a Picture by Edwin Landseer, R.A. Elect (in the Collection of Jesse Watts Russell, Esq.) of Alpine Mastiffs Extricating an Overwhelmed Traveller from the Snow’, London 1831.
F.G. Stephens, The Early Works of Sir Edwin Landseer…, London, 1869, p.39.
F.G. Stephens, Memoirs of Sir Edwin Landseer: A Sketch of the Life of the Artist…, London, 1874, pp. 59-60.


Annals of the Fine Arts for 1820, vol. 5 (1820), p.153.
Examiner, no. 631, January 31, 1820, p. 76, no. 642, April 16, 1820, p. 252, and no. 1253, February 5, 1832, pp. 84-85.


London, British Institution, 1820, no. 277.
Birmingham, Society of Artists, 1842, no. 250.
Manchester, Catalogue of the Art Treasures of the United Kingdom, 1857, no. 391.
Philadelphia, Museum of Art; and London, Tate Gallery, Sir Edwin Landseer, 25 October 1981-23 January 1982, no.13.

Where is It?
Acquired from The Matthiesen Gallery by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
Historical Period
Romanticism - 1810-1870
Genre or Daily Life
Sir Edwin Landseer, Alpine Mastiffs Reanimating a Distressed Traveller
Sir Edwin Landseer 'Living Life Boats' Edwin Landseer's Alpine Mastiffs & A Rescue in the Alps   Foreword by Patrick Matthiesen. Texts by David Blayney Brown and Richard Ormond. 88 pages, 5 colour plates, 61 colour illustrations and 18 black and white illustrations.

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