"GEORGE STUBBS IN THE COLLECTION
OF PAUL MELLON - A MEMORIAL EXHIBITION"
"A ZEBRA", by George
Oil on canvas. Dim: 40-1/2 x 50-1/4'
This exhibition commemorates the late Paul Mellon's achievement
in collecting the works of George Stubbs, now recognized, with
Gainsborough and Reynolds,
"PUMPKIN WITH A STABLE-LAD",
by George Stubbs, 1763
as one of England's greatest artists of the 18th century. For
many years Stubbs was thought of merely as a painter of animals
for a narrow circle of sporting clients. His current, enhanced
reputation is almost entirely due to the magnificent collection
put together by Paul Mellon. Mellon had acquired one or two works
by Stubbs in the 1930s, but beginning in the late 1950s - with
the advice of art historian Basil Taylor, the leading authority
on Stubbs -he greatly enlarged his collection of sporting art,
and of works by Stubbs in particular. His collection of Stubbs'
works eventually comprised 38 paintings; a considerable body
of graphic work, including drawings connected with, and prints
after, Stubbs by the artist and his son, George Townly Stubbs;
and published books of Stubbs' anatomical studies.
After Mellon's death in early 1999, the Yale Center for British
Art decided to commemorate his favorite artist by gathering together,
for the last time, those works that had already been given by
Mellon to Yale and to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and those
that still remained in Mellon's private collection. The exhibition
will provide a never-to-be-repeated opportunity to see some of
the best of this newly appreciated artist's works.
Oil on panel, Dim: 32-3/8 x 39-7/8'