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George Stubbs
Horse Devoured by a Lion
1769
Tate, London
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HORSES AND HISTORY
by N.F. Karlins



The British artist George Stubbs (1724-806) is known principally for his paintings of thoroughbred horses. It’s hard to imagine, but before the 1950s, he wouldn’t have been known for anything at all. Like Vermeer, he was forgotten after his death. George Stubbs was resurrected in the 1950s via a series of exhibitions in England. In the 1960s, collector Paul Mellon’s voracious appetite for his work furthered the cause.

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