George Stubbs: ‘all done from
Nature’ presents the first
significant overview of Stubbs’s work in Britain for more than 30 years and
brings together 100 paintings, drawings and publications from the National
Gallery’s Whistlejacket to pieces that have never been seen in public.
Today, Stubbs is recognised as one of the most original artists of the eighteenth century. His wide-ranging subjects included portraits, conversation pieces and pictures of exotic and domestic animals—horses included—and his obsession with scientific exactitude has drawn comparison with the work of Leonardo da Vinci.
A major theme of the
exhibition is anatomy. The show includes forensic drawings by Stubbs of humans,
tigers and hens, as well as horses, at different stages of ‘undressing’. This
greatest coming together of art and science in British art will be set
alongside the actual skeleton of the legendary racehorse Eclipse which Stubbs
depicted on several occasions.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with major contributions from Alison Wright, Jenny Uglow, Martin Myrone, Martin Postle and Nicholas Clee as well as new and existing poetry by Roger Robinson.
A version of the show will tour to the Mauritshuis in The Hague where it will be the first-ever exhibition on the artist in the Netherlands.’
MK Gallery members: FREE
Adult: £9.35 with Gift Aid / £8.50 standard
Concessions (over 65s*, group bookings of 10 or more): £8.25 with Gift Aid / 7.50 standard
Under 26s: Free
Local residents*: Free every Tuesday
Art Fund : £4.25
*Please provide valid ID on arrival. For the local residents offer please show photo ID and proof of residence at the Information Desk.
For group bookings please contact 01908 676 900.
Free tickets cannot be pre-booked.