George Stubbs (1724-1806)
One of the best English painters of the eighteenth century, George Stubbs was primarily an animal artist who painted horses, dogs, monkeys, rhinoceros, tigers, lions and giraffes. A highly skilled draughtsman and animalier, he spent much of his life studying equine anatomy, and his book on the subject Anatomy of the Horse (1766) brought him an international scientific reputation. Stubbs was equally successful when painting on a large scale as on a small, and his largest piece of equestrian art, Hambletonian beating Diamond at Newmarket is 13 feet seven inches by 8 feet two inches. Another large-size painting, of Hambletonian with a Groom and Stable Boy, is probably his masterpiece. It possesses a depth of vision and a magnificence of action which are truly Michelangelesque. In draughtsmanship, composition, and handling of paint, it is one of the finest pictures in English art. Other famous works include Whistlejacket (1762, National Gallery, London); Mares and Foals in a Landscape (1763-8, Tate Gallery) and Cheetah with Two Indian Attendants and a Stag (1764, City Art Gallery, Manchester). The tradition of animal painting was maintained after his death by the celebrated animalier Edwin Landseer (1802-73), who was famous for his paintings of dogs. Stubbs himself was 'rediscovered' in the 20th century, after his work had languished for many years in private collections.
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Paintings by George Stubbs can be seen in many of the best art museums throughout the world, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington; Yale Center for British Art, New Haven; National Gallery, London; National Portrait Gallery, London; Royal Collection; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
For a modern equestrian artist, see: Peter Curling.
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