European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Ptarmigan in a LandscapeMade in England, Europe
Sir Edwin Landseer, English, 1802 - 1873
Oil on panel
1986-26-280The Henry P. McIlhenny Collection in memory of Frances P. McIlhenny, 1986
LabelTwo ptarmigans, the favorite birds of sport in Scotland, have been shot by a hunter. While the male dies, his wounded mate continues to guard the nest. Landseer often used animals to comment on the human condition. Here, birds that mate for life are made to represent the tragic impact of violence on love and the strength of familial commitment.
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