Night (Two Stags Battling by Moonlight)
Two Stags Battling By Moonlight

Pendant to "Morning", Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1986-26-283

Sir Edwin Landseer, English, 1802 - 1873

Made in England, Europe

By 1853

Oil on canvas

56 inches × 8 feet 7 inches (142.2 × 261.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 294, European Art 1500-1850, second floor

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Credit Line:
The Henry P. McIlhenny Collection in memory of Frances P. McIlhenny, 1986

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After a severe nervous breakdown in 1840, Edwin Landseer was determined to avoid the pressures of continuous commissions and paint entirely for himself. Allowing his imagination free range, he repeatedly depicted the heroic stag, noble but inevitably doomed, a symbol of the tragic forces of nature. Night records a nocturnal battle between two stags.

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