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

Turf, with Jockey up, at Newmarket

Former Title(s):

Portrait of 'Turf' with Jockey up

Date:
ca. 1766
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Support (PTG): 38 x 49 inches (96.5 x 124.5 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed lower left: "Turf"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1981.25.621
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
animal art | breeches | brown | building | clouds | equestrian | hat | horse racetracks | jockey | landscape | pasture | post | riding boots | sporting art
Associated Places:
England | Europe | Newmarket | Suffolk | United Kingdom
Access:
On view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:5039
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This racehorse portrait was painted for one of Stubbs’s best early patrons, the young Whig aristocrat Frederick St. John, 2nd Viscount (“Bully”) Bolingbroke. Lord Bolingbroke, who inherited the title in 1751 from the childless half-brother of his father, owned some of the most successful racehorses of the day, including the famous Gimcrack. Turf raced mostly at Newmarket, and the high point of his career was beating King Herod in a match for a thousand guineas on 4 April 1766. He was retired lame the following year. The alert, if somewhat nonchalant, jockey wears Bolingbroke's colors, but his identity is unknown.

George Stubbs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015-03-23 - 2015-11-13)

George Stubbs (Neue Pinakothek - Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, 2012-01-26 - 2012-05-06)

An American's Passion for British Art - Paul Mellon's Legacy (Royal Academy of Arts, 2007-10-20 - 2008-01-27)

An American's Passion for British Art - Paul Mellon's Legacy (Yale Center for British Art, 2007-04-18 - 2007-07-29)

Stubbs & The Horse (National Gallery, London, 2005-06-29 - 2005-09-25)

Stubbs & The Horse (The Walters Art Museum, 2005-03-05 - 2005-05-20)

Stubbs & The Horse (Kimbell Art Museum, 2004-11-14 - 2005-02-06)

British Galleries in the Hermitage (The State Hermitage Museum, 2002-06-21 - 2002-09-21)

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

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

This Other Eden : British Paintings from the Paul Mellon Collection at Yale (Art Gallery of South Australia, 1998-09-16 - 1998-11-15)

This Other Eden : British Paintings from the Paul Mellon Collection at Yale (Queensland Art Gallery, 1998-07-15 - 1998-09-06)

This Other Eden : British Paintings from the Paul Mellon Collection at Yale (Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1998-05-01 - 1998-07-05)

Stubbs - An Exhibition in Honor of Paul Mellon (National Gallery of Art, 1985-04-11 - 1985-05-04)

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

George Stubbs (1724-1806) Tate Gallery (Tate Britain, 1984-10-17 - 1985-01-06)

Noble Exercise - The Sporting Ideal in Eighteenth-Century British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 1982-07-14 - 1982-09-19)

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)

Cassandra Albinson, New Acquisitions, Apollo, v. 165, no. 542, April, 2007, p. 41, N1 A54 + (YCBA)

John Baskett, Paul Mellon's Legacy: a Passion for British Art: Masterpieces from the Yale Center for British Art, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, pp. 30, 253, no. 24, fig. 3, pl. 24, N5220 M552 P38 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

John Baskett, The horse in art, Little Brown, Boston, 1980, p. 99, Folio AN 51 (YCBA)

Christie's sale catalogue : Catalogue of Pictures by Old Masters and Ancient and Modern Pictures : 10 December 1943, Christie's, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, December 10, 1943, p. 7, Lot 49, Fiche B51, Fiche# 2945 (YCBA)

Christie's sale catalogue: Catalogue of the First Portion of the Important Collection of Sporting Pictures : 20 July 1951, Christie's, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, July 20, 1951, p. 28, Lot 126, Fiche B51, Fiche# 3229 (YCBA)

Malcolm Cormack, George Stubbs in the collection of Paul Mellon, a memorial exhibition , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Conn., 1999, pp. 10, 25, no. 8, 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. 31, 44, no. 43, ND1388 G7 D48+ (YCBA)

Richard Dorment, Beauty of the Beast, George Stubbs' meticulous paintings of horses made him greatest artist-scientist since Leonardo , Calgary Herald, July 9, 2005, G8, available online (Orbis)

Judy Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings 1655-1867: A Catalogue, The Paul Mellon Collection , Tate Publishing, London, 1978, pp. 78-9, no. 76A, Colour Pl. 12, ND1383 G7 B75 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Judy Egerton, George Stubbs, 1724-1806, [exhibition] Tate Gallery. , Tate Publishing, London, 1984, p. 87, no. 57, NJ18 St915 E43 (YCBA) +

Judy Egerton, George Stubbs, painter, catalogue raisonne , Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn., London, 2007, pp. 233-1, no. 72, NJ18 St915 A12 E44 2007 + (YCBA)

Michael Jaffe, Stubbs, a self portrait , Burlington Magazine, vol. 127, no. 983, February, 1985, p. 85, N1 B87 + OVERSIZE (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. 3-4, no. 43, fig. 3, ND1314.3 Y36 1998 (YCBA)

John McDonald, A Feast of Mellon, Sydney Morning Herald, May 9, 1998, p. 14, Film An Sy25 (SML) Also Available Online (Factiva database)

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. 27, no. 111, N8250 L65 (YCBA)

Paul Mellon's Legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels] , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v.3, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA)

Herbert W Rott, George Stubbs, 1724-1806, science into art , Prestel, Munich ; New York, 2012, pp. 140-41, cat no. 25, NJ18.St915 A1213 2012 + OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Roberta Smith, Horses, Hounds and Men, at Work and at Play, New York Times, August 7, 2015, p. C19, C22, Available online : Proquest .com/nytimes

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, no. 7, V 0413 (YCBA)

Malcolm Warner, Stubbs & the Horse, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2004, pp. 86, 184-85, cat. no. 46, fig. 79, NJ18 St915 W37 (YCBA)

John Wilmerding, In honor of Paul Mellon, collector and benefactor, Essays , National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC & Hanover, NH, 1986, pp. 34-35, fig. 6, N7442.2 M455 1986 (YCBA)


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