Artist George Stubbs is known for his anatomically accurate and sensitively realistic portraits of magnificent horses and their supporting cast of dogs and humans. Throughout his life, he was so fascinated by how animals are built that he studied their anatomy and transformed it into art. This interest led him also beyond horses to other animals, at a time when many exotic new mammals were arriving in London from Britain’s expanding colonies, such as moose, zebras, yaks and even the remains of kangaroos. Their owners encouraged Stubbs to study the animals and record them for prosterity. Intended as zoological studies, Stubb’s paintings of wild creatures are also portraits that capture the behaviour and character of living beings. The exhibition Stubbs and the Wild will feature some of the most charming and fascinating animal portraits, grand fantasies, and exquisite prints and drawings as part of a series of special events to celebrate 100 years since the re-establishment of the Holburne Museum.
📅 25 June – 2 October 2016: Monday to Saturday 10AM – 5PM, Sunday 11AM – 5PM
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