George Stubbs
Horse in the Shade of a Wood 1780

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George Stubbs 1724–1806
Horse in the Shade of a Wood
Date 1780
Medium Oil paint on wood
Dimensions Support: 597 x 762 mm
frame: 770 x 940 x 85 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1933
Not on display


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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