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Creator:
George Stubbs, 1724–1806, British
Title:

Lion and Lioness

Date:
1770
Medium:
Enamel on copper
Dimensions:
9 1/2 × 11 inches (24.1 × 27.9 cm) and 17 1/2 × 15 3/4 × 2 1/4 inches (44.5 × 40 × 5.7 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Signed and dated, white, lower right: "Geo Stubbs pinxit 1770"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B2006.14.2
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
animal art | forest | lion | lioness | lions | octagon | stone | teeth
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:21177
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George Stubbs produced several experimental enamels on copper in the late 1760s and early 1770s. Enamel painting was usually the preserve of miniature painters, but Stubbs gradually began using the technique for full-sized paintings. This offended the Royal Academy and occasioned a dispute with Stubbs over the poor hanging of his enamels in an exhibition in 1782. This example, a lion and lioness, remained in Stubbs’s studio until the contents were sold after his death in 1807.

Gallery label for A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13)



George Stubbs depicted dramatic scenes of big wildcats—playing, hunting, or at rest—in oil, enamels, engravings, and drawings. This is one of the experimental enamels on copper he produced in the late 1760s and early 1770s. It remained in his studio after his death in 1807.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016



Stubbs produced a number of experimental enamels on copper in the late 1760s and early 1770s. Enamel painting was usually the preserve of miniature painters, but Stubbs gradually began using the medium for full-sized paintings. This offended the Royal Academy and occasioned a dispute with Stubbs over the poor hanging of his enamels in an exhibition in 1782. This example, a lion and lioness, remained in Stubbs's studio until the contents were sold after his death in 1807.

Gallery label for Connections (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11)

A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Connections (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

George Stubbs in the Collection of Paul Mellon: a Memorial Exhibition (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2000-02-14 - 2000-05-15) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

George Stubbs in the Collection of Paul Mellon: a Memorial Exhibition (Yale Center for British Art, 1999-04-30 - 1999-09-05) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

George Stubbs (1724-1806) Tate Gallery (Yale Center for British Art, 1985-02-13 - 1985-04-07) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

George Stubbs (1724-1806) Tate Gallery (Tate Britain, 1984-10-17 - 1985-01-06) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Basil Taylor, Stubbs, Phaidon, London, 1975, p. 210, pl. 63, NJ18 St915 T39 1975 (YCBA) + [YCBA]


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