George Stubbs, Painter


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Catalogue Raisonné

Judy Egerton

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George Stubbs (1724-1806), now recognized as one of the greatest and most original artists of the eighteenth century, stands out from other practitioners in the field of animal painting. His most frequent commissions were for paintings of horses, dogs, and wild animals, and his images invariably arrest attention and frequently strike a deeply poetic note.

Stubbs did not emerge as a painter until he was in his mid-thirties, but then his genius flowered astonishingly. He steadily celebrates English sporting and country life and reveals himself—in his “incidental” portraits of jockeys and grooms, for example—as a perceptive observer of different levels of social behavior. Among his many experiments with technique were his chemical experiments with painting in enamels, first on copper and later on earthenware “tablets,” manufactured for him in Wedgwood's potteries.

This is the first full catalogue of Stubbs's paintings and drawings. Along with the full catalogue entries, the book offers a lengthy study of Stubbs's art and career.


Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Judy Egerton is the leading authority on Stubbs and worked at both the Tate Britain and National Gallery, London. This catalogue was researched and written during her tenure as Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art from 1998 to 2006.

" of the most handsome books in the current crop, and its authoritative introduction and commentaries are brilliant."  - Frank Whitford, Sunday Times

"Egerton does a marvelous job of shedding new light on the illustrious 18th-century British painter, liberating him from the pigeonhole of 'Mr. Stubbs, horse painter.'"—Washington Post (Holiday Guide)

"An incredible undertaking and a major contribution. . . . Essential."—Choice

Short-listed for the 2008 Sir Banister Fletcher Award, given by the Authors' Club.
ISBN: 9780300125092
Publication Date: October 28, 2007
Publishing Partner: Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
700 pages, 10 x 12
30 b/w + 485 color illus.

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