Thursday, 14 May 2015

Whistlejacket by George Stubbs


Today I have a more famous painting for you.  This prancing horse is Whistlejacket by George Stubbs – perhaps the most famous painter of horses of all time.  This painting dates from around 1762.  The painting is almost life size.  The horse is a race horse and was apparently named after a contemporary cold remedy containing gin and treacle!

This horse is simply magnificent and I think the blank background just emphasises that.  If you want to see the original you'll have to head over to the National Gallery in London.

4 comments:

  1. Lovely painting. Beautiful horse.

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  2. I didn't know the name meant that!

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  3. He is lovely Carole. The glisten to his coat makes you feel like you can actually touch it.

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  4. It must be great to see this painting in person. It looks astonishing and so real.

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