The Lost Scent by Maud Earl



2015-06-26 10:52:27

The Lost Scent by Maud Earl is an oil on canvas painting by the eminent British artist Maud Earl (1863-1943).


The painting

The work depicts a pack of dogs following ‘the lost scent’ of the painting’s title, and is an example of dogs as a recurring theme in Earl’s art.

The piece measures 34 x 53 inches (86.3 x 134.6 cm) in size. In addition, it bears Maud Earl’s signature.

Appearance in Withnail and I

The Lost Scent notably appears in the cult 1987 film Withnail and I starring Paul McGann and Richard E Grant as two out-of-work actors. It features in the Uncle Monty’s townhouse scene.

Sale at Christie’s

In July 2011, Christie’s announced that it would be auctioning The Lost Scent in its South Kensington saleroom on Sunday 31st of that month, appearing with paintings, furniture and furnishings which featured in Withnail and I.


The work was given an estimate of £8,000 - £12,000.

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