Portrait of George Stubbs

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1724-1806

English Romantic Painter

George Stubbs (born in Liverpool on August 25, 1724 - died in London July 10, 1806) was a British painter, best known for his paintings of horses.

Stubbs was the son of a currier. Information on his life up to age thirty-five is sparse, relying almost entirely on notes made by fellow artist Ozias Humphry towards the end of Stubbs's life. Stubbs was briefly apprenticed to a Lancashire painter and engraver named Hamlet Winstanley, but soon left as he objected to the work of copying to which he was set. Thereafter as an artist he was self-taught. In the 1740s he worked as a portrait painter in the North of England and from about 1745 to 1751 he studied human anatomy at York County Hospital. He had had a passion for anatomy from his childhood, and one of his earliest surviving works is a set of illustrations for a textbook on midwifery which was published in 1751.

In 1755 Stubbs visited Italy. Forty years later he told Ozias Humphry that his motive for going to Italy was, "to convince himself that nature was and is always superior to art whether Greek or Roman, and having renewed this conviction he immediately resolved upon returning home". Later in the 1750s he rented a farmhouse in Lincolnshire and spent 18 months dissecting horses. He moved to London in about 1759 and in 1766 published The anatomy of the Horse. The original drawings are now in the collection of the Royal Academy.

Even before his book was published, Stubbs's drawings were seen by leading aristocratic patrons, who recognised that his work was more accurate than that of earlier horse painters such as James Seymour and John Wootton. In 1759 the 3rd Duke of Richmond commissioned three large pictures from him, and his career was soon secure. By 1763 he had produced works for several more dukes and other lords and was able to buy a house in Marylebone, a fashionable part of London, where he lived for the rest of his life.

His most famous work is probably Whistlejacket, a painting of a prancing horse commissioned by the 3rd Marquess of Rockingham, which is now in the National Gallery in London. This and two other paintings carried out for Rockingham break with convention in having plain backgrounds. Throughout the 1760s he produced a wide range of individual and group portraits of horses, sometimes accompanied by hounds. He often painted horses with their grooms, whom he always painted as individuals. Meanwhile he also continued to accept commissions for portraits of people, including some group portraits. From 1761 to 1776 he exhibited at the Society of Artists, but in 1775 he switched his allegiance to the recently founded but already more prestigious Royal Academy.

Stubbs also painted more exotic animals animals including lions, tigers, giraffes, monkeys, and rhinoceroses, which he was able to observe in private menageries. He became preoccupied with the theme of a wild horse threatened by a lion and produced several variations on this theme. These and other works became well known at the time through engravings of Stubbs's work, which appeared in increasing numbers in the 1770s and 1780s.

Stubbs also painted historical pictures, but these are much less well regarded. From the late 1760s he produced some work on enamel. In the 1770s Josiah Wedgwood developed a new and larger type of enamel panel at Stubbs's request. Also in the 1770s he painted single portraits of dogs for the first time, while also receiving an increasing number of commissions to paint hunts with their packs of hounds. He remained active into his old age. In the 1780s he produced a pastoral series called Haymakers and Reapers, and in the early 1790s he enjoyed the patronage of the Prince of Wales, whom he painted on horseback in 1791. His last project, begun in 1795, was A comparative anatomical exposition of the structure of the human body with that of a tiger and a common fowl, engravings from which appeared between 1804 and 1806.

Stubbs's son George Townly Stubbs was an engraver and printmaker.

125 George Stubbs Paintings

William Anderson with Two Saddled Horses, 1793 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

William Anderson with Two Saddled Horses 1793

Oil Painting
$972
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: STG-3066
George Stubbs
Original Size: 102.2 x 127.9 cm
The Royal Collection, London, United Kingdom

John and Sophia Musters Out Riding at Colwick Hall, 1777 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

John and Sophia Musters Out Riding at Colwick Hall 1777

Oil Painting
$1252
Canvas Print
$55.16
SKU: STG-3067
George Stubbs
Original Size: 100.4 x 124 cm
Private Collection

A Gentleman driving a Lady in a Phaeton, 1787 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

A Gentleman driving a Lady in a Phaeton 1787

Oil Painting
$1334
Canvas Print
$73.21
SKU: STG-3068
George Stubbs
Original Size: 82.5 x 101.6 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

The Prince of Wales's Phaeton, 1793 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

The Prince of Wales's Phaeton 1793

Oil Painting
$1410
Canvas Print
$58.11
SKU: STG-3069
George Stubbs
Original Size: 102.2 x 128.3 cm
The Royal Collection, London, United Kingdom

Laetitia, Lady Lade, 1793 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

Laetitia, Lady Lade 1793

Oil Painting
$1294
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: STG-3070
George Stubbs
Original Size: 102.5 x 128.2 cm
The Royal Collection, London, United Kingdom

Mares and Foals under an Oak Tree, 1773 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

Mares and Foals under an Oak Tree 1773

Oil Painting
$1461
SKU: STG-3071
George Stubbs
Original Size: 82 x 101 cm
Private Collection

Lord Grosvenor's Arabian with a Groom, c.1765 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

Lord Grosvenor's Arabian with a Groom c.1765

Oil Painting
$1695
Canvas Print
$61.32
SKU: STG-3072
George Stubbs
Original Size: 99.3 x 83.5 cm
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, USA

The Marquess of Rockingham's 'Scrub', 1762 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

The Marquess of Rockingham's 'Scrub' 1762

Oil Painting
$1252
Canvas Print
$50.53
SKU: STG-3073
George Stubbs
Original Size: 101.5 x 127 cm
Private Collection

A Grey Stallion In a Landscape, c.1765 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

A Grey Stallion In a Landscape c.1765

Oil Painting
$1189
SKU: STG-3074
George Stubbs
Original Size: 63.5 x 72.4 cm
Private Collection

Whistlejacket, 1762 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

Whistlejacket 1762

Oil Painting
$1300
Canvas Print
$61.32
SKU: STG-3075
George Stubbs
Original Size: 292 x 246.4 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

A Gentleman on a Grey Horse, 1781 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

A Gentleman on a Grey Horse 1781

Oil Painting
$1018
Canvas Print
$52.64
SKU: STG-3076
George Stubbs
Original Size: 59.5 x 71 cm
Private Collection

Hollyhock, c.1765 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

Hollyhock c.1765

Oil Painting
$940
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: STG-3077
George Stubbs
Original Size: 38.7 x 47.6 cm
The Royal Collection, London, United Kingdom

Lustre, held by a Groom, c.1760/62 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

Lustre, held by a Groom c.1760/62

Oil Painting
$1334
Canvas Print
$59.04
SKU: STG-3078
George Stubbs
Original Size: 101.9 x 127 cm
Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut, USA

Two Gentlemen Going a Shooting, 1767 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

Two Gentlemen Going a Shooting 1767

Oil Painting
$1439
Canvas Print
$58.51
SKU: STG-3079
George Stubbs
Original Size: 101.6 x 127.2 cm
Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut, USA

Rhinoceros, c.1790/91 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

Rhinoceros c.1790/91

Oil Painting
$885
Canvas Print
$49.00
SKU: STG-3080
George Stubbs
Original Size: 70 x 90.6 cm
Private Collection

'Dungannon', the property of Colonel O'Kelly, 1793 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

'Dungannon', the property of Colonel O'Kelly 1793

Oil Painting
$1347
SKU: STG-3081
George Stubbs
Original Size: 99 x 126 cm
Private Collection

Stallions Fighting, 1781 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

Stallions Fighting 1781

Oil Painting
$1427
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: STG-3082
George Stubbs
Original Size: 73.7 x 94 cm
Private Collection

The Milbanke and Melbourne Families, c.1769 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

The Milbanke and Melbourne Families c.1769

Oil Painting
$2116
Canvas Print
$81.57
SKU: STG-3083
George Stubbs
Original Size: 97.2 x 147.3 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Isabella Salstonstall as Spenser's 'Faerie Queene', 1782 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

Isabella Salstonstall as Spenser's 'Faerie Queene' 1782

Oil Painting
$1469
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: STG-3084
George Stubbs
Original Size: 47.9 x 63.8 cm
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, United Kingdom

A Lion Attacking a Horse, c.1762 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

A Lion Attacking a Horse c.1762

Oil Painting
$1212
Canvas Print
$55.57
SKU: STG-11585
George Stubbs
Original Size: 243.8 x 333 cm
Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut, USA

A Saddled Bay Hunter, 1786 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

A Saddled Bay Hunter 1786

Oil Painting
$818
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: STG-11600
George Stubbs
Original Size: 37.8 x 48.2 cm
Private Collection

Two Bay Hunters by a Tree, 1786 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

Two Bay Hunters by a Tree 1786

Oil Painting
$1001
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: STG-11601
George Stubbs
Original Size: unknown
South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

A Horse Frightened by a Lion, c.1790/95 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

A Horse Frightened by a Lion c.1790/95

Oil Painting
$1271
Canvas Print
$49.54
SKU: STG-11602
George Stubbs
Original Size: 70.5 x 104.1 cm
Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut, USA

'Whistlejacket' and Two other Stallions with Simon Cobb, the Groom, 1762 by George Stubbs | Painting Reproduction

'Whistlejacket' and Two other Stallions with ... 1762

Oil Painting
$1366
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: STG-11603
George Stubbs
Original Size: 99 x 187 cm
Private Collection

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