Edwin Henry Landseer, the animal painter, was born at Marylebone in London. He was a gifted child, and entered the Royal Academy schools at the age of 14. His association with Scotland began on his first visit in 1824; he returned regularly and the country, its people and animal life were all a great influence on his work.
Landseer settled in St John's Wood and had numerous aristocratic and other prominent patrons, for whom he produced paintings of animals, particularly dogs and deer, landscapes and even caricatures. Many of Landseer's works were engraved, bringing him further popularity and wealth.
He became a Royal Academician in 1831 and was knighted in 1850.