George Stubbs

A Foxhound Viewed from Behind

published 1788

Artist
George Stubbs 1724–1806
Medium
Engraving on paper
Dimensions
Image: 84 x 107 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Transferred from the British Museum 1983
Reference
T03781

Not on display

Display caption

On 1 May 1788, Stubbs published twelve prints which he designed and engraved himself, four of which are shown here. Alongside his two anatomical series, the group represents the core of Stubbs’s output as a mature printmaker. Two further prints, engraved by his son, appeared on the same day.

It is not known why he published so many prints simultaneously, eight years after his last plate, Leopards at Play, had been issued. It was perhaps part of a drive to gain public attention after some unproductive years.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

T03781 A FOXHOUND VIEWED FROM BEHIND published 1788

Engraving, mixed method, 3 5/16 × 4 3/16 (84 × 107) on hand-made wove paper 7 1/8 × 10 1/4 (180 × 260); plate-mark 4 1/8 × 4 15/16 (106 × 127)
Writing-engraving below image ‘Publish'd by Geo Stubbs 1 May 1788’; on the back, stamped twice by the British Museum (i) on accession, with no. 1872-10-12-3698; (ii) on transfer, like T03778
Transferred by the Trustees of the British Museum 1983
Prov: ...; purchased by the British Museum from Mr Daniell (see T03778) 1872; transferred to the Tate as a duplicate 1983
Lit: Basil Taylor, The Prints of George Stubbs, 1969, no.11, repr. p.41 from another impression; Richard Godfrey, ‘George Stubbs as a Printmaker’, Print Collector's Newsletter, XIII, no.4, 1982, p.115

See note to T03780 above

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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