He learned drawing from his father, John Landseer A.R.A, and studied at the Royal Academy where he exhibited in 1815 at the age of thirteen. His first royal commission came in 1836 when he painted Princess Victoria’s pet spaniel as a birthday present from her mother, the Duchess of Kent. He would become Queen Victoria’s favorite painter, eventually teaching her drawing and etching.
Books on Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Diana Donald, Picturing Animals in Britain, 1750-1850, New Haven and London, 2007.
Richard Ormond, ed., The Monarch of the Glen: Landseer in the Highlands, exh. cat., Edinburgh, 2005.
Fredric George Stephens, Memoirs of Sir Edwin Landseer: A Sketch of the Life of the Artist, London, 1874.