The first ever exhibition dedicated to George Stubbss equestrian art opens at the National Gallery later this month, but with very little reference to hunting.
Stubbs and the Horse includes several paintings of hunters, but none of his famous hunting scenes or those of hunt staff with hounds will go on show. The significance of this, in the first major exhibition of the revered artists work in 20 years, is remarked upon in this weeks edition of Country Life.
Horse & Hounds sister title also pays tribute this week to the artist by recreating, through photography, modern interpretations of the scenes Stubbs painted, including one of Stubbss most famous hunting scenes (not part of the exhibition): The Duke of Richmond with the Charlton Hunt, dated 1759-60 (pictured below).
In its re-enactment (below), the magazine shows members of the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray hunt, whose West Sussex country covers much of that which once belonged the Charlton.
Stubbs and the Horse runs from 29 June until 25 September at the National Gallery. For more information and to book tickets (tel: 0870 9063891) or visit: www.nationalgallery.org.uk