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George Stubbs, 1724–1806, British

Two Gentlemen Going a Shooting

Former Title(s):

Two Gentleman Shooting [1985, Cormack, YCBA Concise Catalogue]

Two Gentlemen out Shooting

Oil on canvas
Support (PTG): 39 15/16 x 50 1/16 inches (101.4 x 127.2 cm)

Label on verso, center left: “Pitt & Scott Ltd | London | [handwritten] Wildenstein | [typed] B O [handwritten] 6879 | 04”

Signed and dated, lower right: "Geo. Stubb[s] | Pinxit [....]"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Given by Paul Mellon in memory of his friend James Cox Brady, Yale College, Class of 1929
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
costume | cottage | dogs (animals) | field | guns | hills | hunters | hunting | landscape | limestone | men | rifles (long guns) | running | rural areas | series (groups) | sporting art | sportsmen | village | walking
Associated Places:
Creswell | Derbyshire | England | Nottinghamshire | United Kingdom
On view

In 1769–70, Thomas Bradford published a set of prints after the shooting series, in which the engravings (by William Woollett) were accompanied by verses. The story told in verse helps us to understand how Stubbs’s original paintings might have been seen and enjoyed by his contemporaries. The second painting of the series shows the huntsmen and their hounds on the trail. Whereas they prepared to set out for the hunt in the “Grey-ey’d Morn’s uncertain light,” it is now midday, when “Bright Sol’s all [cheering] Beams illume the Day.” The description of light in these verses underlines the importance of the sense of sight, which is gradually enhanced as the day progresses. The sun is now almost overhead, allowing the huntsmen and their dogs to better spot their quarry. The verses also refer to the sense of smell: the hounds “shuff the Air, now scent the tainted ground.”

\Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

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, pp. 172-76, pl. 23, NJ18.St915 B53 2005 (YCBA)

British Art at Yale, Apollo, v.105, no. 182, April 1977, pp. 287, 289, pl. VIII, 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: British Pictures 1500-1850. 1 December 2000, Christie's, 2000, p. 80, No. 60, Sales Catalogues (YCBA)

Malcolm Cormack, A Selective Promenade, Apollo, v.105, no. 182, April 1977, pp. 287, 289, pl. VIII, 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, George Stubbs in the collection of Paul Mellon, a memorial exhibition , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Conn., 1999, pp. 68-69, no. 48, NJ18 St915 G54 1999 (YCBA) Copy 2 is on Mellopn Shelf

Stephen Deuchar, Noble exercise, the sporting ideal in eighteenth-century British art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1982, pp. 10-11, 21,42, no. 20, ND1388 G7 D48+ (YCBA)

Stephen Deuchar, Sporting art in eighteenth-century England, a social and political history , Yale University Press, New Haven, 1988, pp. 40-1, 114-21, N8250 D48 (YCBA)

Judy Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings 1655-1867: A Catalogue, The Paul Mellon Collection , Tate Publishing, London, 1978, pp. 81-3, no, 79, ND1383 G7 B75 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Judy Egerton, George Stubbs and the Landscape of Creswell Crags, Burlington Magazine, vol. 126,no.981, December 1984, pp. 738-743, N1 B87 + (YCBA) Available online in JSTOR.

Judy Egerton, George Stubbs, 1724-1806, [exhibition] Tate Gallery. , Tate Publishing, London, 1984, pp. 109-11, no. 74, NJ18 St915 E43 (YCBA) +

Judy Egerton, George Stubbs, painter, catalogue raisonne , Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn., London, 2007, pp. 250-2, no. 83, NJ18 St915 A12 E44 2007 + (YCBA)

John Ford, Ackermann 1783-1983 : the business of art, London, 1983, p. 158, N8640 A25 +F67 (YCBA)

Robert Fountain, Stubbs' dogs, the hounds and domestic dogs of the eighteenth century as seen through the paintings of George Stubbs , Arthur Ackermann & Son Ltd., London, 1984, pp. 44-7, NJ18 St915 A12 (YCBA) +

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

Mark Hallett, Reynolds : portraiture in action, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, 2014, p. 239, 242, NJ18.R36 H35 2014 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

William Laffan, Thomas Roberts, landscape and patronage in eighteenth-century Ireland. , Churchill House Press, Tralee, 2009, p. 219, fig. 177, NJ18.R544 L35 2009 + (YCBA)

Julia Marciari-Alexander, This other Eden, paintings from the Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1998, pp. 118-20, no. 45, ND1314.3 Y36 1998 (YCBA)

Venetia Morrison, The art of George Stubbs, Wellfleet Press, Seacaucus, N.J., 1989, p. 86, Unnumbered plate, NJ18 St915 M67 1989+ (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, Emblem and expression, meaning in English art of the eighteenth century , Thames and Hudson, London, 1975, pp. 176-8, no. 107, , NX543 P38 (YCBA)

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)

Roberta Smith, Horses, Hounds and Men, at Work and at Play, New York Times, August 7, 2015, p. C22, Available online : Proquest .com/nytimes

Society of Artists of Great Britain, A catalogue of the pictures, sculptures, designs in architecture, models, drawings, prints, &c. exhibited at the great room in Spring-Garden, Charing-Cross, April the twenty-eighth, 1768, by the Society of Artists of Great-Britain, incorporated by His Maj, William Bunce, London, UK, 1768, p. 11, no. 167, N5055 S6 C3 (RARE BOOKS, YCBA) Also Available Online (18th Century Collections Online - Gale)

Society of Artists of Great Britain, Critical observations on the pictures, which are now exhibiting at the great room, Spring Garden, Charing Cross, J. Murdoch, London, 1768, p. 13, no. 167, N5055 S6 C3 1760A v. 1 (YCBA) Also Available on Line (18th Centrury Collections Onlne - Gale)

Basil Taylor, Stubbs, Phaidon, London, 1975, p. 41, 209, pl. 47, NJ18 St915 T39 1975 (YCBA) +

Malcolm Warner, George Stubbs, his patrons and collectors , Magazine Antiques, vol. 166, no. 6, December 2004, pp. 69-70, V 1629 (YCBA) Available Online (Orbis).

John Wilmerding, In honor of Paul Mellon, collector and benefactor, Essays , National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC & Hanover, NH, 1986, pp. 85-94, fig. 2, N7442.2 M455 1986 (YCBA)

Yale Center for British Art, Selected paintings, drawings & books, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1977, p. 25, N590.2 A82 (YCBA)

Yale Center for British Art, Selected paintings, drawings & books, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1977, p. 25, 715 Y18 977b (YCBA)

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