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.