Isaac and Ede Antique Prints
Stubbs Gimcrack

George Townly Stubbs after Sir George Stubbs.

Gimcrack.

23.5 x 19.5 inches

Etching and stipple engraving by George Townly Stubbs after the painting by his uncle, George Stubbs; published in London in 1817. This is the second state of the plate republished by Edward Orme in New Bond Street in London, 1817. The earliest painting of this version was commissioned by Lord Grosvenor and issued in 1775.

In this print, Gimcrack is shown in advancing age at the Oxford stud. The Sporting Magazine of January 1794 gives us a very helpful description of the horse:

''A horse of great beauty, and for his size a capital runner; was afterwards a stallion at the stud of Earl Grosvenor. The landscape represents his lordship's stud farmhouse at Oxford, near Newmarket, and the portrait is that of one of the assistant grooms''.

George Stubbs (1724-1806) is one of the foremost equestrian artists of his generation. Initially he studied anatomy at York then travelled briefly to Italy and returned to England where he spent his time divided between Lincolnshire and London. By 1766 he had produced his famous work, the Anatomy of the Horse and this helped to cement his reputation as a leading equestrian artist. The aristocracy commissioned him to paint their racehorses and his reputation grew. His animal paintings are more than mere records, however, as each study is an elegant and dignified composition.

£2600

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