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unknown artist eighteenth century
Formerly George Stubbs, 1724–1806
The Death of the Hare
between 1760 and 1770
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
60 x 99 inches (152.4 x 251.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
boy | death | dogs (animals) | hare | honeysuckle | horses (animals) | lake | landscape | men | mountains | portrait | rabbit | reins | river | sporting art
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Hunting hares with beagles was a popular pastime among landed gentry in the eighteenth century—far more so than fox hunting, until well into the nineteenth century. Hare hunting reinforced the status of leisured gentlemen and women and their control of property. Beagles were trained never to touch a hare once cornered; the hare might then be spared or slain. Despite the title of this painting, this hare is not dead. Caught between life and death, the exhausted hare stares out waiting for its fate. The attribution of this impressive picture is uncertain, but it has been tentatively associated with the Dublin-based artist Robert Healy, who “delineated [horses] so admirably that he got plenty of employment from those who had favorite hunters, mares or ladies palfreys.”

Gallery label for Love, Life, Death, and Desire: An Installation of the Center's Collections (Yale Center for British Art, 2020-11-01 – 2021-02-28)

Love, Life, Death, and Desire: An Installation of the Center's Collections (Yale Center for British Art, 2020-10-01 - 2021-02-28) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Noble Exercise - The Sporting Ideal in Eighteenth-Century British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 1982-07-14 - 1982-09-19) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

William Howard Adams, The Eye of Jefferson : Exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1976, fig 74, E332.2 .E88 + Oversize (LSF) [ORBIS]

Robert Colls, This sporting life : sport and liberty in England, 1760-1960, Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K., 2020, p. 370, GV706.35 .C65 2020 (LC) YCBA [ORBIS]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 36-37, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Stephen Deuchar, Noble exercise : the sporting ideal in eighteenth-century British art, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1982, pp. 15, 42, no. 12, ND1388 G7 D48+ (YCBA) [YCBA]

Judy Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings 1655-1867 : A Catalogue : The Paul Mellon Collection, , Tate Publishing, London, 1978, pp. 103-106, no. 101, pl. 37, ND1383 G7 B75 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

David Livingstone-Learmonth, The horse in art, The Studio, London, New York, 1958, pl. 29, N7668 H6 L58 oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Venetia Morrison, The art of George Stubbs, Wellfleet Press, Seacaucus, N.J., 1989, p. 47, NJ18 St915 M67 1989+ (YCBA) [YCBA]

Painting in England 1700-1850 : collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon : Exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, , 1,2, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 1963, fig. 313, ND466 V57 v.1-2 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Constance-Anne Parker, Mr. Stubbs, the Horse Painter, J. A. Allen, London, 1971, p. 16, NJ18 St915 +P37 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Sotheby's sale catalogue : Catalogue of important Old Master paintings : 7 December 1960, Sotheby's, London, December 7, 1960, p. 6, fig. 11, DealerCat Sotheby's (YCBA)

The Yale Center for British Art, An Anniversary Celebration of Paul Mellon's Great Legacy , Apollo, April 2007, p. 63, fig. 3, N5220 M552 A7 OVERSIZE (YCBA) Appeared as April 2007 issue of Apollo;; all of the articles may also be found in bound Apollo Volume [N1 A54 165:2 +] [YCBA]

Angus Trumble, Diversions of the Field, Apollo, v. 165, no. 542, April 2007, pp. 62, 63, fig. 3, N1 A54 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

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