Flood in the Highlands

Flood in the Highlands

Sir Edwin Landseer

Artist:Sir Edwin Landseer
London, England, 1802 - 1873

oil on canvas

Sir Edwin Landseer was one of the most popular of romantic painters working in Britain during the first half of the nineteenth century. He took a cottage deep in the Highlands in Glenfeshie and when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert leased Balmoral as a royal residence, Landseer became a frequent visitor, instructing the young Queen in drawing and etching. Landseer's paintings told stories, bore moral messages, contained pathos and homely sentiment.

This painting was inspired by a real incident, a sudden flash flood that devastated the valleys at the foot of the Cairngorms and Monadhliath mountains on 3-4 August 1829. Landseer has piled incident upon incident in a pyramidal arrangement in order to convey the mounting terror and confusion of the villagers as the water rises beneath them. The painting has been described as a Highland version of Noah's ark.

Presented in 1947 by Sir James Caird.
Out of copyright
Overall: Height: 177.8 cm, Width: 312.7 cm Frame: Height: 204 cm, Width: 340 cm, Depth: 17 cm
Acc. No. ABDAG002312


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