Art:George Stubbs: A Vision of Four-Legged Order

In London, the unsurpassed animal paintings of George Stubbs

In London, the unsurpassed animal paintings of George Stubbs

Throughout his long life, and for 150 years after his death, George Stubbs (1724-1806) was known as a horse painter. Never mind the Parthenon frieze, the Marcus Aurelius, the equestrian portraits of Verrocchio or Donatello, or any of the rest of the vast repertory of equine imagery in Western art: horse painting, like "sporting" art generally, tends to be seen as a minor style of aesthetic tailoring, shaped to reflect the blunt amusements of a class not much liked by connoisseurs. Painters like Sir Alfred...

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