George Stubbs, Painter

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Yale University Press, 2007 - Art - 655 pages
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George Stubbs (1724-1806), now recognized as one of the greatest and most original artists of the eighteenth century, stands out from other practitioners in the field of animal painting. His most frequent commissions were for paintings of horses, dogs, and wild animals, and his images invariably arrest attention and frequently strike a deeply poetic note.

Stubbs did not emerge as a painter until he was in his mid-thirties, but then his genius flowered astonishingly. He steadily celebrates English sporting and country life and reveals himself--in his "incidental” portraits of jockeys and grooms, for example--as a perceptive observer of different levels of social behavior. Among his many experiments with technique were his chemical experiments with painting in enamels, first on copper and later on earthenware "tablets,” manufactured for him in Wedgwood's potteries.

This is the first full catalogue of Stubbs's paintings and drawings. Along with the full catalogue entries, the book offers a lengthy study of Stubbs's art and career.

 

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
iii
Foreword
iv
Birth Liverpool
9
Stubbsin York
16
Rome the Lion Horse
25
Horkstow The Anatomy of the Horse
31
Thoroughbred Horses and Noble Patrons
36
Mares and Foals
45
Painting in enamel on copper
62
Stubbs and Josiah Wedgwood
66
Stubbs at work
72
Debts death and dispersal
90
Catalogue
101
Paintings by Stubbs reliably recorded but now untraced
634
References
637
Subject index
641

Animalium Pictor
49
The Gentry their dogs and horses communing
55

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About the author (2007)

Judy Egerton is the leading authority on Stubbs and worked at both the Tate Britain and National Gallery, London. This catalogue was researched and written during her tenure as Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art from 1998 to 2006.

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