press release

2006 is the bi-centenary of the death of George Stubbs, Liverpool's most famous artist. The son of a currier who lived in Ormond Street, a stone's throw from Liverpool Town Hall, Stubbs was intimately acquainted with horses from his earliest days. He was to achieve fame throughout Europe for his publication 'The Anatomy of the Horse' (1766), a study of the equine skeleton and muscles on which he laboured for nearly ten years.

As well as being an anatomist, a draughtsman and a printmaker, Stubbs was also a great painter. Although his contemporaries pigeon-holed him as a portraitist of horses, Stubbs himself regretted this. He sought to elevate his pictures through their subject-matter and by employing obvious classical design principles. He was a superb landscape artist, and the backgrounds of his works add enormously to their feeling and poetry. In this exhibition, an effort has been made to reflect the whole range of his paintings, in which people and other animals feature almost as much as horses.


George Stubbs: A Celebration
More than just a horse painter