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.
Mares and Foals in a River Landscape belongs to a group of paintings of the subject, produced mainly between 1760 and 1769. Painted for various aristocratic patrons, they are accurate portraits of specific mares famous either for their racing success or as the dams of successful racehorses.
For most of his mares and foals subjects Stubbs almost certainly drew the animals from life, perhaps first making numerous studies and then carefully arranging them into an ideal composition.
Stubbs exhibited a number of mares and foals pictures at the Society of Artists and the Royal Academy in the 1760s and 1770s, providing an opportunity for patrons to commission such works to include their own animals.
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