Horses In A Landscape
Horses In A Landscape
Horses In A Landscape
Horses In A Landscape
Horses In A Landscape
Horses In A Landscape
Horses In A Landscape
Horses In A Landscape

In the manner of GEORGE STUBBS (1724-1806)

Horses In A Landscape

1950 to 1960 British

Offered by Mansion House Antiques & Fine Art

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I am delighted to offer this huge acrylic oil painting on canvas of wild horses in a rural landscape beautifully executed in the style of similar works by the famous equine artist George Stubbs.

The painting is of good quality featuring a very popular subject matter which will appeal to a wide audience and is extremely well painted by a very competent English artist who has signed in the llower right bottom corner as P.English.

Stubbs was born in Liverpool, the son of a currier, or leather-dresser, John Stubbs, and his wife Mary.
Stubbs worked at his father's trade until the age of 15 or 16, at which point he told his father that he wished to become a painter.

Stubbs subsequently approached the Lancashire painter and engraver Hamlet Winstanley, and was briefly engaged by him in a sort of apprenticeship relationship, probably not more than several weeks in duration.Having initially demonstrated his abilities and agreed to do some copying work, Stubbs had access to and opportunity to study the collection at Knowsley Hall, the estate where Winstanley was then residing

Thereafter as an artist he was self-taught. He had had a passion for anatomy from his childhood and in or around 1744, he moved to York, in the North of England, to pursue his ambition to study the subject under experts.

In 1754 Stubbs visited Italy.Forty years later he told Ozias Humphry that his motive for going to Italy was, "to convince himself that nature was and is always superior to art whether Greek or Roman, and having renewed this conviction he immediately resolved upon returning home".

In 1756 he rented a farmhouse in the village of Horkstow, Lincolnshire, and spent 18 months dissecting horses, assisted by his common-law wife, Mary Spencer.He moved to London in about 1759 and in 1766 published The anatomy of the Horse.
The original drawings are now in the collection of the Royal Academy.

Even before his book was published, Stubbs's drawings were seen by leading aristocratic patrons, who recognised that his work was more accurate than that of earlier horse painters such as James Seymour, Peter Tillemans and John Wootton. In 1759 the 3rd Duke of Richmond commissioned three large pictures from him, and his career was soon secure.

By 1763 he had produced works for several more dukes and other lords and was able to buy a house in Marylebone, a fashionable part of London, where he lived for the rest of his life.

His most famous work is probably Whistlejacket, a painting of a prancing horse commissioned by the 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, which is now in the National Gallery in London. This and two other paintings carried out for Rockingham break with convention in having plain backgrounds.

Throughout the 1760s he produced a wide range of individual and group portraits of horses, sometimes accompanied by hounds. He often painted horses with their grooms, whom he always painted as individuals.

He remained active into his old age. In the 1780s he produced a pastoral series called Haymakers and Reapers, and in the early 1790s he enjoyed the patronage of the Prince of Wales, whom he painted on horseback in 1791.

Stubbs's died at the age of 81 on 10 July 1806, in London.

Stubbs had a son George Townly Stubbs who became an engraver and printmaker.

The antique gilt and plater frame is a good example in excellent condition and really makes the picture look stunning.

This painting in our opinion dates somewhere upwards possibly from the 1950's- 1960's latest based on the frame design and is thought to be at least 60 years of age.

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Very Good Order Throughout & Ready To Hang
External Height 38.50 inch (97.79 cm)
External Width 48.50 inch (123.19 cm)
External Depth 2.00 inch (5.08 cm)
Stock Code
Oil on Canvas
Signature ' P.English ' Lower Right Bottom Corner
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