George StubbsHorse in the Shade of a Wood 1780

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Artist
George Stubbs (1724‑1806)
Title
Horse in the Shade of a Wood
Date 1780
MediumOil paint on wood
Dimensionssupport: 597 x 762 mm frame: 770 x 940 x 85 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1933
Reference
N04696
Not on display

Summary

The painting shows a grey stallion in a landscape. The picture would have been commissioned by a patron as a portrait of his horse, although the names of the animal and its owner are now unknown. Stubbs's earlier works usually depicted horses with a groom, jockey or owner, whereas his paintings of the 1780s and 1790s often showed a single animal in a landscape.

Further reading:
Judy Egerton, George Stubbs 1724-1806, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1984, reprinted 1996, pp.20, 103

Terry Riggs
January 1998

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