George Stubbs (1724–1806)
The Anatomy of the Horse
London: Printed by J Purser, for the Author, 1766
Loan from: British Sporting Art Trust
Stubbs is celebrated for his majestic equestrian portraits. His ability to create such works was underpinned by an unrivalled knowledge of equine physiognomy.
Stubbs underwent a gruelling period of anatomical study. Renting a barn in Horkstow, Lincolnshire, he devoted 18 months to the dissection of a horse. As he stripped away the layers of muscles, tendons and veins he created detailed anatomical drawings. Published in 1766, the Anatomy of the Horse brought him international renown. This immaculate and intricate study revolutionised sporting art, leading to a new generation of naturalistic equestrian portraiture. The achievement was so great that for over a century this publication was also a principal guide for veterinarians.Buy tickets