Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873)
“A Distinguished Member of the Humane Society” (1838)
Oil on canvas
The dog in the painting is “Bob,” a dog that was found in a shipwreck off the coast of England. The dog had found his way to the London waterfront where he became known for saving people from drowning, a total of 23 times over the course of fourteen years. For this, he was made a distinguished member of the Royal Humane Society, granting him a medal and access to food.
Earliest known full-length portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, of England, c.1563.
the background is a tapestry elaborately decorated with fruit and
flowers, unusual in portraits of this period. The entwined honeysuckle
flowers suggest a union, while the ripe fruit symbolise the Queen’s
Alberto Giacometti was one of the great painter-sculptors of the twentieth century, explains Tate Modern Director Frances Morris. Celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman, Giacometti’s distinctive elongated figures are some of the most instantly recognisable works of modern art.