After entering the Royal Academy Schools in 1816, Landseer later studied animal anatomy and his paintings were highly regarded, and widely circulated in the form of engravings. In the early 1820s he made the first of many visits to Scotland and fell in love with the Highlands, which inspired many of his later paintings such as 'The Monarch of the Glen'. Although principally a painter, amongst his best known works are the lion sculptures in Trafalgar Square. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1831 and, although elected President in 1866 he declined the invitation. He was knighted in 1850.
His work gained wide popularity and he enjoyed royal patronage, becoming the favourite painter of Queen Victoria after visiting Balmoral in 1850 to paint a large group portrait of the royal family. One of his last paintings was a life-size equestrian portrait of the Queen, shown at the Royal Academy in 1873, made from earlier sketches.
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