George StubbsHorse Attacked by a Lion 1769

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Artist
George Stubbs (1724‑1806)
Title
Horse Attacked by a Lion
Date 1769
MediumEnamel on copper
Dimensionssupport: 241 x 283 mm frame: 514 x 560 x 74 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1970
Reference
T01192
Not on display

Summary

Stubbs was obsessed with the subject of a lion attacking a horse, making at least seventeen works on the theme, most of which were in oil on regularly-shaped canvas. In this enamel on copper piece, Stubbs cut off the corners to form an irregular octagon, thus tightening the composition. The result is a forceful depiction which is perhaps his most successful treatment of the theme. This is Stubbs's earliest known experiment in painting in enamel colours, and was the first time the technique - previously limited to decorative objects and miniature portraits - was used by an artist of Stubbs's stature… (read more)

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