Horse Frightened by a Lion by George Stubbs

'The Horse Frightened by a Lion is perhaps not everyone's instinctive idea of a horse painting by Stubbs.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
705 x 1038 cm
Art Fund grant:
£75,000 ( Total: £462,864; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
1994
Vendor:
Deborah Gage

This horse - not just frightened, but in mortal fear - is very different from the well-groomed creatures in most of Stubbs's racing scenes. Stubbs invites us instead to imagine that the horse and lion exist in a timeless state of nature, and in an uncivilised landscape; in this state, the horse is the natural prey of the lion, and the only law is the law of nature: the survival of the stronger.' Extract of an article in the 1994 Review written by Judy Egerton. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.

Provenance

Private collection; with Deborah Gage Works of Art.

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