George Stubbs

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George Stubbs: Equestrian Artists


George Stubbs was a self-trained artist with a passion for accuracy in his work. He was the primary horse artist to achieve altogether realistic depictions of horses on canvas, bringing the under-appreciated genre of horse painting to a level where it was very well perceived and recognized as genuine artwork.

 Early Life:

Stubbs was born in 1724 in Liverpool, the only son of a currier and leather merchant. Not much is known about his initial years, then again, he worked with his dad in his adolescent years, and after his dad's demise in 1741, he was briefly apprenticed to a printer and engraver. He had a passion for anatomy and studied human life anatomy for several years in his twenties while working as a portrait painter.

Famous Paintings:

George Stubbs's paintings are well-known for the horses that he caught in Whistle jacket and Mares and Foals in a Landscape. Stubbs' one of the best works is Whistle-jacket, which is a painting of a prancing horse. It was authorized by the second Marquess of Rockingham and stored in the National Gallery in London. It is certainly one of his famous works, and its fame often helps make the rest of his work more available to art followers.

 George Stubbs is well-known in British art prevalently for his commitment to the Whistle jacket. Still, his broad profession is worth studying in full because of its inaccuracy of anatomy and Stubbs' desire to be innovative when it was not encouraged.

 Stubbs also went beyond just horses, catching more exotic creatures including lions, tigers, giraffes, monkeys, and rhinoceroses in his paintings, which was extremely unusual at that point. He also made some fine engravings during his career, which sit well along with his other accomplishments. Stubbs is also known to have visited Italy at different times, yet it is indistinct regarding how this influenced his beliefs and strategies within the art.

 Final Year and Death:

.In the mid-1790s, Stubbs also executed commissions for the Prince of Wales, yet the following last decade of his life appears to have been a time of financial difficulty. He died in London on 10 July 1806.