About the Artist
Apparently self-taught, George Stubbs (1724-1806) practiced as a portrait painter in various northern centers, settling in York about 1745. Obsessed with anatomy, which he studied at York Hospital and taught privately to medical students, he was commissioned to illustrate John Burton's Essay Towards a Complete New System of Midwifery, 1751, which necessitated his learning to etch. Around 1756 Stubbs began the studies that were to result in The Anatomy of the Horse (1766). After completing his dissections and drawings, Stubbs came to London to find a reproductive engraver; failing in his purpose, he eventually made the plates himself.
During the 1760s Stubbs acquired an immense reputation as a painter, focusing primarily on the subject of animals. His patrons were distinguished, but in the 1770s Stubbs's reputation suffered. This was partly because of his categorization as a mere animal painter, and partly because of his absorption in experiments with enamel colors, a process that led to a fruitful association with Josiah Wedgwood, whose ceramic tablets he found the best support for larger paintings.
In the 1780s Stubbs turned to the fashionable genre of rural scenes and to a new technique based on mezzotint, but his products were too refined to be popular. The last decade of his life seems to have been a period of financial difficulty. During this time he devoted himself to his most ambitious project, a study of the comparative anatomy of a man, a tiger, and a chicken.
This framed print of George Stubbs's White Poodle in a Punt (1780) is part of our Masterworks collection of reproductions, specially created using the Gallery's finest quality digital imaging. The image was printed to Gallery specifications and the frame was selected as a style appropriate to the period.
During the 1760s Stubbs acquired an immense reputation as a painter. He worked on all scales, occasionally producing huge works, and he painted primarily animals in this decade. These works include racing, hunting, and shooting scenes, portraits of horses and wild animals, his first dramatic subjects on the theme of a horse attacked by a lion, and conversation pieces mostly including horses. The original White Poodle in a Punt is 50 x 40 inches.
- 10 x 8 inches (print), 11 x 9 inches (framed)
- Archival, premium matte paper behind glass
- Archival pigment inks
- Poly frame, gold
- Ready to hang