This is the first significant overview of Stubbs’s work in Britain for more than 30 years.
The exhibition brings together 100 paintings, drawings and publications, from the National Gallery’s Whistlejacket (c1762) to pieces that have never been seen in public.
Today, Stubbs is recognised as one of the most original artists of the 18th century. His wide-ranging subjects included portraits, conversation pieces and pictures of exotic and domestic animals – horses included – and his obsession with scientific exactitude has drawn comparison with the work of Leonardo da Vinci.
A major theme of the exhibition is anatomy. The show includes forensic drawings by Stubbs of humans, tigers and hens, as well as horses, at different stages of ‘undressing’. This greatest coming together of art and science in British art will be set alongside the actual skeleton of the legendary racehorse Eclipse which Stubbs depicted on several occasions.