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George Stubbs, 1724–1806, British

A Lion Attacking a Horse

Former Title(s):

Horse Attacked by a Lion

Lion devouring a horse

Lion Attacking a Horse

Oil on canvas
Support (PTG): 96 x 131 inches (243.8 x 332.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
allegory | animal art | antiques | biting | blood (animal material) | drama | hills | horse (animal) | landscape | lion | lions | mythology | Panthera leo (species) | rocks (landforms) | sculpture | shore (landform) | symbolism | trees
On view

A Great Collection of British Pictures in Virginia, The Times (London), Issue No. 55689, May 1, 1963, pp. 5, 22, Available Online : Times Digital Archive Also available on Microfilm: Film An T482 (SML)

Geoffrey Agnew, Yale's 1700 Mellon Pictures, The Times (London), issue no. 59989, Thursday, April 28, 1977, p. 9, Available Online : Times Digital Archive Also available on Microfilm : Film An T842 (SML)

Robin Blake, George Stubbs and the wide creation, animals, people and places in the life of George Stubbs, 1724-1806 , Chatto & Windus, London : Chatto & Windus, 2005, 2005, p. 151-52, 178, pl. 18, NJ18.St915 B53 2005 (YCBA)

Phillis Pray Bober, Renaissance artists & antique sculpture, a handbook of sources , Oxford University Press, London, England Oxford, 1986, p. 219, NB85 B63 1986 (YCBA)

British Art at Yale, Apollo, v.105, no. 182, April 1977, p. 287, N5220 M552 A7 1977 OVERSIZE (YCBA) Published as April 1977 issue of Apollo; all of the articles may also be found in bound Apollo Volume [N1 A54 105:2 +]

Christie's sale catalogue : Catalogue of pictures by old masters and historical portraits : 11 June 1948, Christie's, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, June 11, 1948, p. 7, Lot 57, Fiche B51 (YCBA)

Completing the picture, materials and techniques of twenty-six paintings in the Tate Gallery. , Tate Publishing, London, 1982, pp. 26-9, ND1471 T37 (YCBA)

H. F. Constantine, Lord Rockingham and Stubbs: Some New Documents, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 95, No. 604, July 1953, p. 237, N1 B87+ (YCBA)

Malcolm Cormack, A Selective Promenade, Apollo, v.105, no. 182, April 1977, p. 287, N1 A54 + (YCBA) Another copy of this article may be found in a separately bound and catalogued copy of this issue located on the Mellon Shelf [call number : N5220 M552 A7 1977 + (YCBA)]

Malcolm Cormack, Country pursuits, British, American, and French sporting art from the Mellon collections in the Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts , Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Charlottesville, 2007, pp. 15,18,19, figs.18,20,55,85, ND1383 G7 V57 2007 + OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Malcolm Cormack, George Stubbs in the collection of Paul Mellon, a memorial exhibition , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Conn., 1999, pp. 24, 33, no. 15, NJ18 St915 G54 1999 (YCBA) Copy 2 is on Mellopn Shelf

Stephen Deuchar, Sporting art in eighteenth-century England, a social and political history , Yale University Press, New Haven, 1988, p. 151, N8250 D48 (YCBA)

Diana Donald, Picturing animals in Britain, 1750-1850, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2007, pp. 70-3, 163, pl. 61, N7660 D67 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Judy Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings 1655-1867: A Catalogue, The Paul Mellon Collection , Tate Publishing, London, 1978, pp. 71-2, no. 69, pl. 26, ND1383 G7 B75 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Judy Egerton, George Stubbs and the Landscape of Creswell Crags, Burlington Magazine, vol. 126,no.981, December 1984, p. 743, N1 B87 + (YCBA) Available online in JSTOR.

Judy Egerton, George Stubbs, 1724-1806, [exhibition] Tate Gallery. , Tate Publishing, London, 1984, pp. 90, 92, 133, no. 60, NJ18 St915 E43 (YCBA) +

Judy Egerton, George Stubbs, painter, catalogue raisonne , Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn., London, 2007, pp. 174-6, no. 36, NJ18 St915 A12 E44 2007 + (YCBA)

Stephen F. Eisenman, The cry of nature : art and the making of animal rights, Reaktion Books, London, 2013, pp. 111-14, N7660 .E57 2013 (YCBA)

English sporting paintings, Autumn exhibition 1960 ... Frank Partridge & Sons Ltd. ... November 1st-December 3rd. , Frank Partridge & Sons, Ltd., London, 1960, no. 60, DealerCat Partridge Fine Arts, Ltd. (YCBA)

Jean Louis Ferrier, L'Aventure de l'art au XIXe siècle, Chêne Hachette, Paris, 1991, p. 68, N6450 A94 1991 (YCBA) +

John Fletcher, Deer in British sporting art, Essays of Friends of British Sporting Art, no. 60, The British Sporting Art Trust, London, 2013, p. 3, N8250 .B571 60 (YCBA)

John Ford, Ackermann 1783-1983 : the business of art, London, 1983, p. 188, N8640 A25 +F67 (YCBA)

Douglas Fordham, George Stubbs Zoon Politikon, Oxford Art Journal, vol. 33, no. 1, 2010, p. 5, fig. 2, N1 O83 + Oversize (HAAS) Also available online (Orbis).

George Stubbs as a Printmaker, Print Collector's Newsletter, September/October 1982, pp. 113-16, NE1 P76 OVERSIZE (HAAS)

Walter Gilbey, Life of George Stubbs, R.A., Vinton, London, 1898, p. 168, no. 5, 6, NJ18 St915 G55 (HAAS)

Catherine M. Gordon, British paintings Hogarth to Turner, Frederick Warne, London, 1981, p. 62, ND466 G67 (YCBA)

E. Landseer Grundy, Animal Painters Past and Present, Magazine of Art, Vol. 14, January 1891, pp. 389-90, N1 M34+ (YCBA)

Nicholas H. J. Hall, Fearful symmetry, George Stubbs, painter of the English Enlightenment , Hall & Knight Ltd., New York, 2000, pp. 20, 24, NJ18 St915 F4 2000 (YCBA)

George Hamilton, The English school, a series of the most approved productions in painting and sculpture, executed by British artists from the days of Hogarth to the present time. Selected, arranged, and accompanied with descriptive and explanatory notices in English and French. , Charles Tilt, London, 1831, p. 134 (v. 3), N6764 H3 1831 (YCBA)

Luke Herrmann, The Paul Mellon Collection at Burlington House, Connoisseur, v. 157, no. 634, December 1964, p. 216, N1 C75 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) Another copy available in YCBA Vertical File Collection: v 2334

Horse Attacked by a Lion, Burlington Magazine, vol. 121,no.914, May 1979, p. xliv, N1B87 + (YCBA) Available online through JStor.

Ozias Humphry, Ozias Humphry manuscript memoir of George Stubbs, Picton Collection, Liverpool Record Office, 1875, p. 24, Film B168 (YCBA)

Alex Kidson, Earlier British paintings in the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House, Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, 2012, pp. 168, 171, fig. 70, ND466 .K537 2012 (YCBA)

Leonard Koscianski, Leonard Koscianski, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, Calif. (850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, Ca, 1984, xcat A (HAAS)

Raymond Lister, British romantic painting, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge New York, 1989, no. 5, ND467 L53 1989 (YCBA)

Julia Marciari-Alexander, This other Eden, paintings from the Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1998, After p. 16, Unnumbered plate, ND1314.3 Y36 1998 (YCBA)

Venetia Morrison, The art of George Stubbs, Wellfleet Press, Seacaucus, N.J., 1989, p. 108-18, Unnumbered plate, NJ18 St915 M67 1989+ (YCBA)

Musée du Petit Palais, Peinture romantique anglaise et les preraphaelites., Exposition: 21 janvier-16 avril 1972. , Paris, 1972, p. 252, ND467 P37 1972 (YCBA)

National Gallery of Art, Painting in Georgian England from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon., National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1970, p. 7, no. 18, ND488 P25 (YCBA)

National Gallery of British Sports and Pastimes, list of sports and pastimes : the first 600 selected pictures : there are 3,000 and more paintings, coloured prints, etc., which will be exhibited from time to time. , National Gallery of British Sports and Pastimes, London, 1950, p. 62, no. 340, N8250 L65 (YCBA)

National Gallery, London, The British school, National Gallery Publications, London, 1998, p. 246, ND461 L62 1998 (YCBA)

Robert Michael Neuman, Baroque and Rococo art and architecture, Pearson, Boston, 2013, p. 401, N6415.B3 N48 2013 (YCBA)

Anna Ottani Cavina, Geometries of silence, three approaches to neoclassical art , Columbia University Press, New York, 2004, p. 15, N6425 N4 O78 2004 (HAAS)

Painting in England 1700-1850 from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, The Royal Academy of Arts Winter Exhibition 1964-65., , Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 1964, p. 76 (v. 1), no. 270, pl. 52, ND466 R68 1964/65 (YCBA) Also available on Microfiche: Fiche B214 (YCBA)

Painting in England 1700-1850, collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon. , Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 1963, p. 175 (v. 1), no. 335, ND466 V57 v.1-2 (YCBA)

Morton D. Paley, The Apocalyptic Sublime, Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn., 1986, pp. 4-5, pl. 3, ND1432 G73 P34 1986

Constance-Anne Parker, Mr. Stubbs, the Horse Painter, J. A. Allen, London, 1971, pp. 72-82, NJ18 St915 +P37 Oversize (YCBA)

Paul Mellon's Legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels] , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 1, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA)

Ronald Paulson, Breaking and remaking, aesthetic practice in England, 1700-1820 , Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, 1989, pp. 303-5, BH221 G72 P38 1989 (YCBA)

Nicholas Penny, Lord Rockingham's Sculpture Collection and 'The Judgement of Paris' by Nollekens, The J Paul Getty Museum Journal, vol. 19, 1991, p. 31, N852 M25 A25 +Oversize (LSF) Available Online (Orbis)

David Piper, The genius of British painting, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1975, p. 178, ND461 G45 (YCBA) +

Alex Potts, Natural Order and the Call of the Wild: The Politics of Animal Picturing, Oxford Art Journal, vol. 13, 1990, p. 31, fn 8, N1 O83 + (HAAS) Also Available on line in JSTOR and Oxford University Press Journal data bases.

Barnaby Rogerson, Did Stubbs Go to Morocco?, Country Life, vol. 194, March 2000, pp. 60-1, S3 C68 + (YCBA)

Herbert W Rott, George Stubbs, 1724-1806, science into art , Prestel, Munich ; New York, 2012, pp. 33, 37-38, fig. 9, NJ18.St915 A1213 2012 + OVERSIZE (YCBA)

John Russell, Yale Opens its Doors to Britain, Art , The Times (London), Issue no. 59985, April 23, 1977, p. 13, Available online : Times Digital Archive Also available on Microfilm: Film An T482 (SML)

Simon Schama, The Yale Centre for British Art, TLS, the Times Literary Supplement, Issue no. 3923, May 20, 1977, p. 619, Film S748 (SML) Also avaiable online in TLS Historical Archive (ORBIS)

Walter Shaw Sparrow, George Stubbs as a Painter of Big Game, Connoisseur, v. 96, no. 408, August 1935, pp. 63-67, N1 C75+ (YCBA)

Stubbs, an exhibition in honor of Paul Mellon : National Gallery of Art, 4 May-2 June 1985. , National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1985, pp. 5, 8, no. 24, V 0413 (YCBA)

T. N., Memoirs of George Stubbs, Esq. the Celebrated Painter of Horses, The Sporting Magazine, vol. 32, July 1808, pp. 56-57, Sporting 2090 (YCBA Rare Books)

Basil Taylor, George Stubbs:, The Lion and Horse Theme , Burlington Magazine, Vol. 107, No.743, February 1965, p. 81-87, fig. 44, N1 B87+ (YCBA) Available online on JSTOR

Basil Taylor, Stubbs, Phaidon, London, 1975, pp. 33-4, 42..., pl. 60, NJ18 St915 T39 1975 (YCBA) +

Basil Taylor, Stubbs, Phaidon, London, 1971, p. 209, pl. 60, NJ18 St915 T39 (YCBA) +

Malcolm Warner, George Stubbs, his patrons and collectors , Magazine Antiques, vol. 166, no. 6, December 2004, pp. 68-9, pl. X, V 1629 (YCBA) Available Online (Orbis).

Malcolm Warner, Stubbs & the Horse, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2004, p. 111, NJ18 St915 W37 (YCBA)

Yale University Art Gallery, Painting in England, 1700-1850, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, [exhibition at] Yale University Art Gallery, April 15-June 20, 1965. , vol. 1, W. Clowes and sons, New Haven, 1965, pp. 48-9 (v. 1), no. 182, pl. 52 (v. 2), ND466 Y35 (YCBA)

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