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Two studies of a Lemur (Lemur murinus). 1773
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Height: 199 millimetres
Width: 258 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is one of three sheets of drawings of a lemur by Stubbs (see also 1914,0520.303, 304). They have been published extensively by Judy Egerton (see Tate exhibition catalogue 1984 and 2007 catalogue raisonné (Yale University Press), no. 146) who notes that a living lemur had been acquired by Marmaduke Tunstall (1743-90) which he kept at his house in Welbeck Street with a number of other animals, to which Joseph Banks was a regular visitor. Banks often commissioned drawings of living animals as they were much clearer than written descriptions (in 1772 Stubbs had painted a kangaroo and a dingo for him) and a note by Jonas Dryander in his catalogue of Banks's 811 natural history drawings (which were left to the British Museum) indicates that the lemur drawings were made from life. The same animal was drawn and described by other artists and natural historians at least three years later. Stubbs painted several animals for William Hunter (now Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow) but only one other animal drawing (of a moose, Hunterian) appears to survive, apart from his many anatomical drawings.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1951 Jul-Aug, Liverpool, Walker AG, 'George Stubbs', no.96
1957 Feb-Apr, London, Whitechapel AG, 'George Stubbs 1724-1806', no.75
1984/5 Oct-Jan, London, Tate Gallery, 'Stubbs', no. 84a
1985 Feb-Apr, New Haven, Yale Center Brit Art, 'Stubbs', (no cat.)
2019-2020 11 Oct-26 Jan, Milton Keynes, MK Gallery, George Stubbs
- This drawing has been lifted.
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- Transferred from the Department of Printed Books.
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