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Stubbs and the Horse ride into town


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 culture.

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 Gallery.

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.

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