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George Stubbs A.R.A. 1724-1806.

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A Horse Affrighted at a Lion. Published May 1, 1788. Etching with roulette work. Lennox-Boyd 70.ii or iii. The image is trimmed with the platemark and the etched inscriptions have been trimmed off. Image: 9 x 12 1/2 (sheet: 9 1/8 x 12 3/4). Three unobtrusive flattened folds: a 2-inch diagonal fold along the top left-hand corner; a 5/8-inch diagonal fold in the lower right-hand corner; a 4 1/4-inch fold line in the lower right-hand corner. Two small dark spots the horse's left leg that are iron in the paper. A strong impression printed on unwatermarked white wove paper. Written in pencil on the verso is '1/6' or '9/1'. Housed in an archival mat and possibly the original 15 1/4 x 19 1/8-inch black wood frame with a gold fillet. Price upon request.

A Horse Affrighted by a Lion. 1877. Etching and line engraving on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper. Lennox-Boyd 59.iv. 13 1/2 x 18 1/8 (sheet 15.55 x 18.9). Lettered lower center: "Engraved and Painted by GEORGE STUBBS. | Publifhed as the Act directs, 25th. Sepr. 1777, by GEO:STUBBS, No.24 Somerfet Street, Portman Square, London." Small margins, slight mount staining, margins neatly re-enforced on verso. A good dark impression with strong contrast. This is Stubbs's first separately published print. Housed in an archival French mat and a 25 x 29-inch modern Hogarth-style frame. Price upon request.

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Stubbs was a skilled printmaker as well as a painter. These are two of twelve etchings based on Stubbs' own paintings, drawings or enamels. On May 1788, he published them, presumably to publicise his work. The series represents the core of Stubbs’s output as a mature printmaker.

From the early 1760s to the 1790s, Stubbs frequently returned to the theme of horses fighting and horses threatened by wild animals. In preparation for the work, he made several studies of caged lions at the Tower of London and at Lord Shelbourne's menagerie on Hounslow Heath. He made several oil paintings, upon which the etchings were based.

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