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  • Sothebys: George Stubbs painting sets record for the artist

    A little seen and never before auctioned George Stubbs' painting "Brood Mares and Foals" (from 1767) went under the gavel at Sotheby's London auction Wed (Dec 8) and brought in the highest price at auction for the British artist.

    Image of the work while being exhibited by Sotheby's

    Liverpool-born Stubbs, who published the book "The Anatomy Of The Horse" in 1766, is regarded as perhaps the finest British equestrian painter. Sir Alfred Munnings of the 20th century, a master in his own right, revered Stubbs.

    This particular painting was privately kept by descendants of original owner Colonel George Lane Parker, son of the second Earl of Macclesfield, Oxfordshire, for 237 years before it was exhibited at the National Gallery in London in 2005. It had only been shown on two other occasions, both times in 1768.

    From ArtDaily Dec 8, 2010

    The painting, which made its first ever appearance on the open market tonight, sold for £10,121,250 / $15,906,556 / €12,096,885, a price which represents a new auction record for a work by the British master, by a wide margin.

    The previous auction record for a work by George Stubbs was £3,191,500 / $5,079,579 and this was set by his Portrait of The Royal Tiger, which sold in June 1995.
    The winning bidder ($15.8M USD includes the buyers’ premium) for the 100cm by 187cm oil on canvas was not in attendance and is unknown.

    Why the sale? Per The Guardian last week

    [Sotheby's auction] is one of a series of spectacular sales from the family collections of the Earls of Macclesfield.

    The current, ninth Earl was forced to move out of the family home, Shirburn in Oxfordshire, five years ago as a result of a complex divided family inheritance, and a famous library and other works of art once held there have been appearing in the auction rooms.

  • #2
    Lovely pic, Glimmerglass. Thanks for the note.

    I saw the Stubbs show when it came to the Walters Gallery in Baltimore a couple years ago, and it was really wonderful. I particularly loved the ones of horses and their goats. ;-)
    I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
    I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09

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    • #3
      I saw the exhibit when it was in Ft. Worth, I spent hours there! I am sure that "Broodmares and Foals" was shown there. I really loved the portrait of Whistlejacket.
      "I'm holding out for the $100,000 Crossrail Classic in 2012." --mem
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      • #4
        BetterOffRed, I have the poster. It was in fact a different painting of Mares & Foals in the big travelling Stubbs exhibition. This painting being auctioned was in private hands until today, and was not shown outside of England, I'll guarantee you.
        I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
        I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09

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          #5
          Originally posted by BetterOffRed View Post
          I saw the exhibit when it was in Ft. Worth, I spent hours there! I am sure that "Broodmares and Foals" was shown there. I really loved the portrait of Whistlejacket.
          Per the provenance records from Sothebys this painting did go to the Kimball Museum in Texas back in 2004/2005. The Kimball and the National Gallery (London) were part of a two museum shared special exhibit entitled "Stubbs and the Horse".

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          • #6
            "The winning bidder ($15.8M USD includes the buyers’ premium) for the 100cm by 187cm oil on canvas was not in attendance and is unknown."

            maybe my sister bought it for me for christmas!?!?!?!
            Nothing says "I love you" like a tractor. (Clydejumper)

            The reports states, “Elizabeth reported that she accidently put down this pony, ........, at the show.”

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            • #7
              I stand corrected.
              I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
              I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09

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              • #8
                We went to the Stubbs show when it was at Yale Museum of British Art. I loved it! I hope it went to someone who will appreciate it for its beauty.
                "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein

                http://s1098.photobucket.com/albums/...2011%20Photos/

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SGray View Post
                  maybe my sister bought it for me for christmas!?!?!?!
                  Your sister is Bill Gates?!
                  HaHA! Made-est Thou Look!

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                  • #10
                    Gorgeous painting.
                    Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver Equine Insurance Specialist

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                    • #11
                      Between my purchase of Totilas and that Stubbs painting, the presents under the Christmas tree will be very sparse this year!
                      "I'm holding out for the $100,000 Crossrail Classic in 2012." --mem
                      "With all due respect.. may I suggest you take up Croquet?" --belambi
                      Proud Member of the Opinionated Redhead Club!

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                      • #12
                        I also had the privilege of seeing this painting at the Kimball Museum. Fantastic. There were also other studies there of mares and foals, some done with a neutral background much like the Whistlejacket painting was done.

                        I was astounded at the actual size of the Whistlejacket painting! As I stood there looking, you could almost see him breathing.

                        The anatomical studies Stubbs did of the horse cadavers pictured each tiny element of musculature and veining. Such careful study enabled Stubbs to do those remarkable paintings.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for posting! Very interesting. I have also loved Whistlejacket but have never seen it in person.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by nuts4cowboybutts View Post
                            I also had the privilege of seeing this painting at the Kimball Museum. Fantastic. There were also other studies there of mares and foals, some done with a neutral background much like the Whistlejacket painting was done.

                            I was astounded at the actual size of the Whistlejacket painting! As I stood there looking, you could almost see him breathing.

                            The anatomical studies Stubbs did of the horse cadavers pictured each tiny element of musculature and veining. Such careful study enabled Stubbs to do those remarkable paintings.
                            So true!
                            "I'm holding out for the $100,000 Crossrail Classic in 2012." --mem
                            "With all due respect.. may I suggest you take up Croquet?" --belambi
                            Proud Member of the Opinionated Redhead Club!

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                            • #15
                              I always make a point to visit Whistlejacket when in London. That and the Anthony van Dyck, Equestrian Portrait of Charles I. ( he is mounted on the buckskin, a HUGE portrait) are my favorite of the equestrian paintings


                              There are also a few Stubbs in the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, a little hidden treasure.
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                                #16
                                For those interested ..

                                Video: This Sporting Life: (Part 3) George Stubbs

                                (From a series on British sporting art from the Paul Mellon Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Malcolm Cormack discusses the work of George Stubbs.)

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                                • #17
                                  Thanks for the link!
                                  "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein

                                  http://s1098.photobucket.com/albums/...2011%20Photos/

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by nuts4cowboybutts View Post
                                    I also had the privilege of seeing this painting at the Kimball Museum. Fantastic. There were also other studies there of mares and foals, some done with a neutral background much like the Whistlejacket painting was done.

                                    I was astounded at the actual size of the Whistlejacket painting! As I stood there looking, you could almost see him breathing.

                                    The anatomical studies Stubbs did of the horse cadavers pictured each tiny element of musculature and veining. Such careful study enabled Stubbs to do those remarkable paintings.
                                    All of this!!!! I just wanted to reach out and touch Whistlejacket; the painting was so lifelike. What a fantastic artist!!!

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Lori B View Post
                                      Lovely pic, Glimmerglass. Thanks for the note.

                                      I saw the Stubbs show when it came to the Walters Gallery in Baltimore a couple years ago, and it was really wonderful. I particularly loved the ones of horses and their goats. ;-)
                                      I saw that show too, it was quite lovely. One has to give Stubbs credited for being oh so very meticulous with his anatomy research for his paintings!
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                                        #20
                                        Another Stubbs set to go to auction, July 5th in London, but with a potential record breaking estimate for the artist.

                                        Image: Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath, with a Trainer, a Stable-Lad, and a Jockey' by George Stubbs, 1765

                                        Guardian Apr 6, 2011 "£20m estimate for George Stubbs horse-racing painting"

                                        Christie's says it is one of the most valuable old master paintings to appear at auction. If it goes for a price above its estimate it could even enter the top five, above Rembrandt's Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo, which sold for £20.2m to hold the current fifth slot. The record is held by Rubens's The Massacre of the Innocents, which sold for £49.5m in 2002.

                                        The painting was commissioned by Lord Bolingbroke, proud owner of an animal that was one of the most popular racehorses of his day, not only for winning most of his races – 28 of 36 – but also for his pugnacious personality. He had extraordinary stamina, and was also strikingly small at just 14 hands.

                                        The sale on 5 July is the third time that the work, painted in 1765, has been at Christie's
                                        Additionally:

                                        The Telegraph Apr 6, 2011 "George Stubbs's Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath: an appreciation"

                                        £20m is approx $32.6 million USD at current currency conversions

                                        Regarding the horse - there is in his honor the Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2) race at the York Race Course in England (although he never won there) established in 1846, and it was originally open to horses of either gender. It was restricted to male horses only in 1987.

                                        Gimcrack: by Cripple, a son of the Godolphin Arabian, out of Miss Elliot who was by (Grisewood's) Partner.

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