Feature: Lizzie Guilfoyle
A NEW exhibition entitled Stubbs and the Horse
runs from June 29, 2005 - September 25, 2005 in the Sainsbury
Wing of the National Gallery.
As the title suggests, the theme is horses - George Stubbs' horses.
And Stubbs was the greatest of all British horse painters.
Visitors will be able to see some
of his finest paintings and most beautiful anatomical drawings,
in an exhibition that explores the social, cultural and intellectual
enviroment in which they were produced, thereby providing a fascinating
insight into the importance of the horse in 18th century British
Also on show will be paintings commissioned by Stubbs' highly
cultivated patrons; the Marquess of Rockingham, for instance,
whose great painting 'Whistlejacket' now hangs in the National
The exhibition will also include Stubbs' 'sublime' paintings
of horses attacked by lions; his classically inspired, frieze-like
studies of mares and foals at stud farms; riding portraits and
scenes from the stableyard and racecourse.