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.
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.