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George Stubbs

Liverpool 1724 - 1806 London
Price range
1,000,000 – 3,000,000 USD +
George Stubbs is widely regarded as the greatest of all painters of animals, especially the horse.

Stubbs’ masterpiece, Whistlejacket, goes beyond the limits of conventional animal painting and is one of the most heroic and daring images in the history of British art. Although he catered to a clientele who were interested in horse-racing and hunting, Stubbs was a sophisticated man of his time who had visited Rome where he saw classical sculpture and was also friendly with scientists and the early industrialists, whose inventions he incorporated into his distinctly English form of Neo-classicism.

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Selected artworks

Top 3 auction prices

13,186,879 $
15,979,239 $
36,096,588 $


The sales are: Sotheby’s London – 9 Jul 2014 lot 22 (7,698,500 GBP), Sotheby’s London – 8 Dec 2010 lot 45 (10,121,250 GBP), and Christie’s London – 5 Jul 2011 lot 12 (22,441,250 GBP).
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Notable Exhibitions

Milton Keynes, MK Gallery, George Stubbs: ‘all done from Nature’, 11 October 2019 – 26 January 2020; travelled to The Hague, MauritshuisGeorge Stubbs – The man, the horse, the obsession, 20 February – 30 August 2020. Curated by Dorine Duyster and Lea van der Vinde.

Munich, Neue Pinakothek, George Stubbs, Science into Art, 26 January – 6 May 2012. Curated by Herbert William Rott and Brian Allen.

Liverpool, Walker Art GalleryStubbs: A Celebration, 7 April – 30 July 2006; travelled to London, Tate Britain, 21 August 2006 – 14 January 2007; New York, The Frick Collection, 14 February – 27 May 2007. Curated by Alex Kidson and Denise Allen.

Fort Worth, Kimbell Art MuseumStubbs and the Horse, 14 November 2004 – 6 February 2005; travelled to London, The National Gallery, 29 June – 25 September 2005. Curated by Malcolm Warner.

Washington D.C., National Gallery of Art, Stubbs: An exhibition in Honor of Paul Mellon, 4 May – 2 June 1985. Curated by Judy Egerton.



Books on George Stubbs

Judy Egerton, George Stubbs, Painter: Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven, 2007.

Malcolm Warner and Robin Blake, eds. Stubbs and the Horse, exh. cat. New Haven and Fort Worth, 2004.

Nicholas Hall, ed., Fearful Symmetry, George Stubbs, Painter of the English Enlightenment, exh. cat. New York, 2000.

Basil Taylor, Stubbs, London, 1971.

Frederick Boyle and Joseph Mayer, Memoirs of Thomas Dodd, William Upcott, and George Stubbs, R.A., Liverpool, 1879.

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