Your Guide to Gifts of Horse Art
The Art of Master English Painter George Stubbs
Artist-Scientist George Stubbs (1724-1806) was one of the masters, some would say the master of British equine art. Stubbs' contribution to the art of the horse was, in a word, monumental.
Stubbs' first love was anatomy and his dissections of equine carcasses were recorded in detail, culminating in fine engravings found in his Anatomy of the Horse. These engravings were prized by the veterinarians of his time and established an international reputation for Stubbs. The engravings command respect even today.
Close examination of his painting of the thoroughbred Whistlejacket shows the knowledge of anatomy Stubbs possessed and incorporated into his work.
The original Whistlejacketwas a life-size, 8 by 10 foot painting. The story goes that as Stubbs was completing the painting, out of doors, he had his groom lead Whistlejacket
by the picture in order that he could check some details.
Whistlejacket saw the life sized painting, snorted, and charged, intent on doing physical harm to the "intruder". Stubbs and the groom were fortunately able to keep Whistlejacket at bay and save a masterpiece.
It Doesn't Have to be a Painting
Equine-themed wallpaper and wall borders generally are found in the children's rooms. Here's a dramatic wall border that might fit in another room as well, the Horse Heaven Wall Border. Inscribed in the wall accent are Stubb's words, "God forbid there be a heaven without horses."
The pre-trimmed and prepasted border is easy to hang at chair-rail or ceiling height. Each roll measures 5 yds. long x 9 high with a 20 1/2 repeat pattern. Made in USA by courtesy of Felix Rosenstiel's Widow & Sons Ltd., London.
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