Stubbs and the Horse, an in-depth look at the work of George Stubbs, is to open at the National Gallery in June, and will feature many paintings which have rarely been seen by the public.

It is almost 20 years since the last major Stubbs exhibition, and this will be the first ever show to look exclusively at his biggest passion: the horse. It contains many crucial anatomical drawings and prints of horses, which were groundbreaking at the time, and were drawn directly from dissections he performed himself.

These studies inform our knowledge about Stubbs’ later work, and many of his most impressive paintings will be on view, including Brood Mares and Foals, which has not been seen in public since the 18th century.

In total there will be 14 paintings from private collections in the UK and US, and 35 paintings in total, as well as 32 works on paper and two enamels. Favourites like his homage to the great Thoroughbred Gimcrack, and the awe inspiring Whistlejacket, which is one of the most popular paintings in the National Gallery, will be on view together, giving Stubbs fans a great treat.

The exhibition will run from 29 June to 25 September, at the National Gallery in London. For further information, visit: www.nationalgallery.co.uk