George StubbsHorse Devoured by a Lion ?exhibited 1763

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Artist
George Stubbs (1724‑1806)
Title
Horse Devoured by a Lion
Date ?exhibited 1763
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 692 x 1035 mm frame: 897 x 1243 x 80 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1976
Reference
T02058
Not on display

Summary

This work is presumed to be one of a pair with the Tate's Horse Frightened by a Lion (Tate Gallery T06869), which was exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1763. Both are similar in style, mood, size and colouring. The theme of a horse being attacked by a lion obsessed Stubbs for thirty years. He made at least seventeen works on the theme, in various media including oil, enamel, engravings, and a relief model in Wedgwood black basalt. The theme consists of variations on two basic episodes, in which the horse scents the emergence of the lion and rises up in terror, which this painting illustrates, and the actual attack, in which the lion has leapt up onto the horse's back and sinks his teeth into the terrified animal's flesh… (read more)

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