Landseer’s most famous and beloved works are held by the world’s important museums One of his most well-known paintings, “The Cavalier’s Pets,” is also one of his most copied, whether in needlepoint, engravings or, as in this case, oil. The original, completed in 1845, hangs in the Tate Gallery, and was one of 157 important paintings art collector Robert Vernon gave to his nation in 1847.
In this finely painted and exceptionally charming rendition of the famous work, the artist captured well Landseer’s vision. Both spaniels, sporting blue ribbons, are keeping an eye out for their master. There is great detail in their faces, capturing the warm and loving personalities.
It is housed in its stunningly decorative, original Victorian wood and gesso frame. It has elaborate gesso work on its widest part with additional scrollwork on the rounded slip in each corner. The corners all have traditional emblems. There is another narrow, embossed border between the round slip and the wide frame. This fabulous treatment of the iconic painting sets this inspired work apart from most other versions of “The Cavalier’s Pets.” There is a remnant on the back of the artist’s board that reads (in part): “Approved Sketching Board...”
The condition of the painting is excellent. I have had it professionally restored and cleaned. The condition of the frame is excellent as well as I have had it professionally restored and re-gilded.
It measures 15-¾ inches square, including the gorgeous frame.