George StubbsPortrait of a Young Gentleman Out Shooting 1781

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George Stubbs (1724‑1806)
Portrait of a Young Gentleman Out Shooting
Date 1781
MediumEnamel paint on Wedgwood biscuit earthenware
Dimensionssupport: 457 x 622 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1988
Not on display


In the late 1760s, with his reputation as a painter of animal and country subjects at its height, Stubbs began experimenting with painting in enamel. This was the first time an artist of Stubbs's stature used the technique, which was previously limited to decorative objects and miniature portraits. His biographer Basil Taylor writes that Stubbs's enamel paintings are
certainly a sign, if not wholly a product, of his serious and experimental curiosity. That they are also the product not only of an intense relationship with the visible world, like the rest of his painting, but of a contest with the mysteries of chemistry and the hardly biddable force of fire gives them their unique fascination and particularity among the works of the 18th century… (read more)

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