A celebration of the famed animal painter's greatest works.

Stubbs was fascinated not just with how animals looked, but also how they were built. He studied their anatomy tirelessly in order to be able to paint their likenesses with an astute realism that was unlike other artists in the genre.

While it was horses for which he first became known, Stubbs' interests developed as many exotic new mammals began arriving in London from Britain’s expanding colonies. Moose, zebras, yaks and even the remains of a kangaroo were brought home as valuable curiosities and their owners encouraged Stubbs to study and record the animals for posterity.

Although originally intended primarily as zoological studies, Stubbs’ brought the same finesse he did to his portrait painting, and these are now recognised as works of art in their own right.

This exhibition features a selection of these incredibly crafted animal portraits, as well as examples of his grand fantasies, prints and drawings.

The Holburne Museum

Great Pulteney Street, Bath, Somerset, BA2 4DB

01225 388588


Opening times

Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm Sun and Bank Holidays, 11am – 5pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

Free to all

Free entry with National Art Pass

50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass

20% off in café

Valid to 31 December 2019

Enjoy 20% off in the café with your National Art Pass

Haven't got your pass yet? Learn more

Exhibitions and events at The Holburne Museum

Exhibitions nearby

Back to top