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George Stubbs, 1724–1806, British
A Lion Attacking a Stag
between 1765 and 1766
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 | Cervidae (family) | claws | dark | hunting | lion | stag
On view
Exhibition History:
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George Stubbs (1724-1806) Tate Gallery (Tate Britain, 1984-10-17 - 1985-01-06)

George Stubbs (1724-1806) Tate Gallery (Yale Center for British Art, 1985-02-13 - 1985-04-07)

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

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

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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)

Malcolm Cormack, George Stubbs in the collection of Paul Mellon, a memorial exhibition , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Conn., 1999, p. 35, no. 16, NJ18 St915 G54 1999 (YCBA) Copy 2 is on Mellopn Shelf

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)]

Judy Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings 1655-1867: A Catalogue, The Paul Mellon Collection , Tate Publishing, London, 1978, pp. 75-77, no. 75, ND1383 G7 B75 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Judy Egerton, George Stubbs, painter, catalogue raisonne , Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn., London, 2007, pp. 293-3, no. 111, NJ18 St915 A12 E44 2007 + (YCBA)

Judy Egerton, George Stubbs, 1724-1806, [exhibition] Tate Gallery. , Tate Publishing, London, 1984, p. 93, no. 61, NJ18 St915 E43 (YCBA) +

John Fletcher, Deer in British sporting art, Essays of Friends of British Sporting Art, no. 60, The British Sporting Art Trust, London, 2013, pp. 3, 5,6, fig 10, N8250 .B571 60 (YCBA)

Douglas Fordham, George Stubbs Zoon Politikon, Oxford Art Journal, vol. 33, no. 1, 2010, pp. 4, 16, figs. 1, 9, N1 O83 + Oversize (HAAS) Also available online (Orbis).

English sporting paintings, Autumn exhibition 1960 ... Frank Partridge & Sons Ltd. ... November 1st-December 3rd. , Frank Partridge & Sons, Ltd., London, 1960, no. 61, DealerCat Partridge Fine Arts, Ltd. (YCBA)

Walter Gilbey, Life of George Stubbs, R.A., Vinton, London, 1898, p. 169, no. 6, NJ18 St915 G55 (HAAS)

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

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

The works of James Barry, Esq. Historical painter, ... Containing his correspondence from France and Italy with Mr. Burke - His lectures on painting delivered at the Royal Academy - Observations on differnt works of art in Italy and France - Critical remarks on the principal paintings of the Orleans Galle , John M'Creery, London, 1809, pp. 256-6, N7445.2 B27 (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, no. 339, N8250 L65 (YCBA)

Constance-Anne Parker, Mr. Stubbs, the Horse Painter, J. A. Allen, London, 1971, pp. 65,72,81, NJ18 St915 +P37 Oversize (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.

Society of Artists of Great Britain, A critical review of the pictures, sculptures, designs in architecture, drawings, prints, etc., exhibited at the great room in Spring Gardens, Charing Cross. , R. Dymott, London, UK, 1766, pp. 13-14, no. 164, N5055 S6 C3 1760A (RARE BOOKS, YCBA) unable to locate Online in 18th Century Collections Online - Gale or in Short Tttle Catalogue data base

Society of Artists of Great Britain, A catalogue of the pictures, sculptures, designs in architecture, models, drawings, prints, etc. / exhibited by the Society of Artists of Great Britain at the great room, Spring Garden, Charing Cross, April the twenty-first, 1766, being the seventh year o, London, UK, 1766, p. 12, no. 164, N5055 S6 C3 (RARE BOOKS, YCBA) Also Avaiable online (18th Century Collections Online - Gale)

Society of Artists of Great Britain, The exhibition : or a candid display of the genius and merits of the several masters whose works are now offered to the public at Spring Gardens / by an impartial hand, London, 1766, p. 9, N6055 S6 C3 (YCBA)

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

Basil Taylor, George Stubbs:, The Lion and Horse Theme , Burlington Magazine, Vol. 107, No.743, February 1965, pp. 81-87, fig. 36, N1 B87+ (YCBA) Available online on JSTOR

Horace Walpole, Notes by Horace Walpole, fourth Earl of Oxford, on the exhibitions of the Society of Artists and the Free Society of Artists, 1760-1791, v. 27, p. [55]-8, Oxford, 1912, N5055 S6 C31 1939A

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

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)

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 +]

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