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Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873)

Edwin Landseer, the famous painter of animals, was born in London and first exhibited works at the Royal Academy in 1815, at the age of 13. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1831. He was knighted in 1850, received a gold medal at the Paris Exhibition of 1855, and in 1866 was elected President of the Royal Academy, a position which he declined to accept.

Landseer was important enough that most galleries with a representative collection of 19th Century British art will have something by him. There are several at the Tate Gallery and perhaps his most familiar work is not a painting at all. It is the huge lions in Trafalgar Square, London.

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