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Stubbs, George, 1724–1806

The anatomy of the horse : including a particular description of the bones, cartilages, muscles, fascias, ligaments, nerves, arteries, veins and glands : in eighteen tables, all done from nature / by George Stubbs, painter.

London : Printed by J. Purser for the author, 1766.
Physical Description:
[4], 47, [1] p., [24] leaves of plates : ill. ; 46 x 60 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio B 2011 40
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
"As a painter ... [Stubbs] wanted fully to understand what lay beneath a horse's skin, and how muscles and veins, schematized by earlier horse painters, actually functioned. When the Dutch anatomist Petrus Camper wrote in 1771 praising the book and hoping that Stubbs would proceed with further investigation into the horse's anatomy, Stubbs replied: What you have seen is all I meant to do, it being as much as I thought necessary for the study of Painting ... I looked very little into the internal parts of a Horse, my search there being only a matter of curiosity. (Letter of 17 Oct 1771, Egerton, Stubbs, 1724-1806, 31)."--DNB.
Errata slip mounted on leaf at end.
Signatures: pi a A-2A (2A verso blank).
English short title catalogue, T147211
Podeschi, J.B. Books on the horse and horsemanship, 57
Huth, F.H. Works on horses and equitation, 42
Selected exhibitions: "'The Compleat Horseman': Sporting Books from the Bequest of Paul Mellon" (Yale Center for British Art, 17 February-29 April, 2001).
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in contemporary quarter calf and marbled boards. Owner's label of "Mrs. Bradshaw" on front cover.
Subject Terms:
Anatomy, Artistic -- Early works to 1800.
Horses -- Anatomy -- Early works to 1800.
Engravings -- 1766.
Purser, John, printer.
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The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-05-19 - 2001-08-05) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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