The horse is also an appropriate theme to please the aristocratic patrons. Stubbs watches the beasts in the meadow and on the race fields, alone or in groups, with or without rider or groom. He shows them mostly in steady or prancing attitudes. Avoiding the gallops in close-up, Stubbs never falls into the error of the flying horses that will be refuted by the photographs of Muybridge.
Then the artist improves his technique and diversifies his themes. He studies a wide variety of animals as well as hunting scenes, endeavors to improve the stability of his paint and exhibits in 1782 at the Royal Academy some enamel paintings on Wedgwood ceramics.
On June 30, 2016, Christie's sold for £ 3.05M including premium an oil on mahogany 80 x 99 cm painted in 1778 showing two horses, a hunt groom and a dog in a landscape near a lake.
On December 7 in Munich, Hampel sells an oil on wood 61 x 71 cm painted in 1781, lot 387 estimated € 1.8M. This scene shows a rider on a light gray horse, in a landscape comparable to the example discussed above. This image is known by a Wedgwood plaque made in 1782 or 1783 which is considered as a self-portrait. The tweet below shows a detail of the painting of the next sale.
SOLD for € 1.6M before fees