George Stubbs

A Horse Affrighted at a Lion, 1788

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About the Artist

George Stubbs was an English painter, best known for his paintings of horses. His most famous work is probably Whistlejacket, a painting of the thoroughbred race horse rising on his hind legs, commissioned by the 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, which is now in the National Gallery in London. Stubbs also painted more exotic animals including lions, tigers, giraffes, monkeys, and rhinoceroses, which he was able to observe in private menageries.