George StubbsBay Hunter by a Lake 1787

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Artist
George Stubbs (1724‑1806)
Title
Bay Hunter by a Lake
Date 1787
MediumOil paint on oak
Dimensionssupport: 905 x 1372 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Paul Mellon through the British Sporting Art Trust 1979
Reference
T02374
Not on display

Summary

The bay horse has not been identified, although the picture is believed to have been painted for Arthur Annesley, 9th Viscount Valentia (died 1816). The horse's ears are cropped in accordance with contemporary fashion. The animal is placed in a landscape of mallow and dock, which grow in the shade of a clump of trees in the foreground on the right. In the background are a lake on the left, and a church and village on the far shore. Basil Taylor (p.214) notes that the background in this work is characteristic of Stubbs's landscape during the following decade.

Stubbs's earlier works usually depicted horses with a groom, jockey or owner, whereas in his later pictures, such as this one, the animals were more often shown in solitude… (read more)

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