Art: Paddock Portraitist

At painting horses, his specialty over a career of more than 50 years, 18th Century English Artist George Stubbs was never headed by any other in the field. For a lot of Londoners last week, Stubbs's life-size portrait of the great English race horse, Hambletonian,* ran away with a big show of Royal Academy masterpieces. Alongside the drawing-room elegance of Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir Thomas Lawrence, Stubbs's picture of two grooms rubbing down the champion seemed as pleasantly direct and fresh as a breeze from green grass. Opined Daily Mail Critic Pierre Jeanneret: "The noblest picture of a horse ever...

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