Whistlejacket ~ By George Stubbs
Since this is the week of the Belmont Stakes, and we may have a Triple Crown Winner (AND of curse, I just got my new OTTB!) I decided to feature some of my favorite horse racing paintings and artists! Also, for part 2 this Friday, I will be featuring some more racing artists that are still living today.
Hope you all will enjoy this post~
Lived in: Liverpool, England
George Stubbs is one of my favorite horse artists! He is best known for his painting of Whistlejacket (photo shown above). It was painted in 1762, three years after he won his most victorious race. It was a four mile race in 1759. Whistlejacket was ten years old! The painting it is about 9′ 1/2 ‘ tall by 8’ feet wide and it hangs in the National Gallery of Art in London.
This is George Stubbs book “The Anatomy Of The Horse”. He had help dissecting horse carcasses from his partner, Mary Spencer, his devoted companion until death and supposedly his common-law wife, the mother of his son, George Townley Stubbs. They would hoist the carcasses into lifelike positions in tackle by his own design . I have a copy of this book and I would recommend it to anyone interested in art and learning the anatomy of horses. He goes into such detail, it is amazing!
Cover of The ” Anatomy Of The Horse”
Cherhill Chalk Horse (Cherhill, England)
* Lord Lansdowne, the owner of the land that this chalk horse is on, commissioned Dr. Christopher Alsop to design and carve it. Both off these men were friends of Georges Stubbs and it has been thought that this horse may have been designed by Stubbs himself. If you look closely, it does look like his style. I will be doing an other post on Chalk Horses soon! Keep on the lookout!!
Here are more racehorse paintings by George Stubbs~
“Pumpkin” by George Stubbs. Painted in 1794~
A Jockey with a Chestnut Racehorse and a Pomeranian Dog in a Park by George Stubbs. Early 19th Century~
“Horse Attacked By Lion” George Stubbs~
“Racehorses In Front Of The Stands” by Edgar Degas ~
All though half of Edgar Degas’s work was on ballet dancers, he is also well known for his racehorse paintings. I really like his movement and his use of colors!
Secretariat statue **(see link below) by John Skeapling