Height: 379.000 mm
Width: 480.000 mm
Prints and Drawings
George Stubbs, an engraving from The Anatomy of the Horse
Published in London, England, AD 1766
The famous painter of animals establishes his credentials
Stubbs was both scientist and artist. He dissected the horse himself, with the aid of Mary Spencer, his partner, in an isolated Lincolnshire farmhouse. As he stripped away the muscles, he made detailed drawings of what he saw. Then, in London, he showed the drawings to engravers experienced in anatomical subjects. They found them difficult to interpret, so Stubbs decided to make the engravings himself. The difficulty that he faced was to show clearly the different textures of vein, muscle and bone using a medium that is essentially 'linear'. He succeeded so well that for over a century the book was the principal guide for veterinarians as well as painters. It also shows the incredible knowledge of his subject that stands at the core of his practice as a painter.
The print shows the side view of the first stage of dissection with just the skin removed.
A. Griffiths, Prints and printmaking: an int, 2nd edition (London, The British Museum Press, 1996)
T. Clayton, The English print, 1688-1802 (New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1997)