Alexander Nasmyth (Edinburgh 1758-1840) Maida, Sir Walter Scott's Dog
Lot 1
Alexander Nasmyth (Edinburgh 1758-1840) Maida, Sir Walter Scott's Dog 22 x 27 cm. (8 11/16 x 10 5/8 in.)
Sold for £10,000 (US$ 15,619) inc. premium

Lot Details
Alexander Nasmyth (Edinburgh 1758-1840)
Maida, Sir Walter Scott's Dog
signed with conjoined monogram and dated 'AN/1819' (lower left), inscribed on label ' Maida, Sir Walter Scott's Dog', painted by Alexr. Nasmyth' (verso)
oil on panel
22 x 27 cm. (8 11/16 x 10 5/8 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Property of Mrs A. Nasmyth
    Sale; Christie's, 25 July 1894 (lot 45), sold for 5/- together with a study of 'Holly' to Garland
    Major E. P. Leacock
    Private Collection, U.K.

    Following Scott's death in 1832, a competition was held to design a monument to him and in 1838, George Meikle Kemp, a forty-five year old joiner, draughtsman, and self-taught architect was awarded the contract to construct the monument. John Steell was commissioned to design a statue of Scott to sit in the space between the tower's four columns. Steell's statue, made from white Carrara marble, shows Scott seated, resting from writing one of his works with a quill pen and his favourite dog Maida by his side. Maida featured in Scott's 1814 novel, Guy Mannering.

    Maida was a deerhound belonging to Sir Walter Scott and named after the Battle of Maida of 1806 (a significant British victory against the French in the Napoleonic Wars). He was a gift from a friend of Scott, Glengarry, whose brother led the 78th Highlanders in the battle.

    The epitaph for her grave by Lockhart read -
    'Maidae marmorea dormis sub imagine Maida
    Ad ianuam domini sit tibi terra levis'

    which Scott translated as -

    'Beneath the sculptured form which late you wore
    Sleep soundly, Maida, at your master's door.'

    Alexander Nasmyth is best-known as a landscape painter but he also illustrated some of the works of Sir Walter Scott.
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