George Stubbs (1724-1806)

Artist Name George Stubbs (1724-1806)
Title Foxhounds in a Landscape
Description This gorgeous 19th century small oil painting of five Foxhounds was sold as follower of George Stubbs ARA. It is signed with the very small initials SR in the bottom left hand corner.  Painted circa 1800 the composition is typical of Stubbs in that the dogs are viewed slightly from below, giving them an almost monumental quality. Indeed, set in a landscape, our painting is very similar to George Stubbs - A Foxhound and a Bitch in a Landscape, 1792. (William Secord; Dog Painting; A history of the dog in art. 2013). The Foxhound is closely associated with the 18th century and popular perception of country life and the landed gentry. The dogs in our painting are at rest and look very sweet with lovely colouring and eyes. Signed lower left.
Provenance Thomas Agnew & Sons Liverpool Exchange Art Gallery label verso.
Medium Oil on Panel
Size 9 x 7 inches
Frame Housed in an ornate swept frame, 12 inches by 10 inches and in good condition.
Condition Excellent condition
Biography George Stubbs (1724-1806) was classified in his lifetime as a sporting painter, and as such was excluded from full membership of the Royal Academy. He is best remembered for his paintings of horses and other animals and his conversation pieces. Having studied anatomy, Stubbs's pictures of horses are among the most accurate ever painted, but his work is lyrical and transcends naturalism. Like Gainsborough, he later painted scenes of peasant life, as well as studies of wild and exotic animals. He also became known as a printmaker and for his paintings in enamel on Wedgwood earthenware plaques.
Price £4600
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