George Stubbs was born in Liverpool, the son of a leather worker, and he spent his early career in the north, painting portraits and developing his interest in anatomy.
Following a brief visit to Rome in 1754 he settled in Lincolnshire, where he researched his major publication, ‘The Anatomy of the Horse’. In about 1758 he moved to London, which remained his base.
This painting shows “Hambletonian”, the celebrated racehorse. being rubbed down after winning the Match Race with Mr Joseph Cookson’s ‘Diamond’ at Newmarket racecourse on 25 March 1799. It was commissioned by the owner, Sir Henry Vane Tempest, Bart (1771-1813), whose daughter Frances Anne, was later to marry Charles Stewart.
In white ceramic with printing on both sides, this is an 11oz mug, that holds around 0.33 litres of coffee, chocolate and tea. Durable and with a print made to last, this mug is a perfect gift for who you love, and for you.
- Height, in 3.75
- Diameter, in 3.15