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George Stubbs ARA 1724-1806

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“Anvil”

 

Stipple engraving with etching by George Townley Stubbs, Engraver to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales published December 1796 by Messrs. G and G T Stubbs, Turf Gallery, Conduit Street, Hanover Square.

 

Printed in black: 2nd state (of three). (Lennox-Boyd, Dixon and Clayton George Stubbs, the complete engraved works page 261 number 115) plate size 198 x 250 mm

 

Provenance: from a large folio of Stubbs' prints assembled by his publisher Edward Orme.

 

Note: G T Stubbs advertised this print at 6 shillings plain and 12 shillings for proofs. According to the Sporting Magazine (1794, III, p.211 et seq.) 100 proofs were issued.

“Anvil was the property of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, who purchased him of the R.H. Lord Borington. He was a good runner and is now a stallion in Mr. O'Kelly's stud. This picture merits the same praises as the former” (Sporting Magazine loc. cit. 214).

 

The original painting from which the print was taken is in the Halifax collection.

 

A fine early impression of the second (? first), finished, state with large untrimmed margins. The first (open-lettered) proof state is conjectural as it is apparently unrecorded.


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