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STUBBS, G[eorge], [Engraved by] Robert LAURIE
A Tigress.
London,: Republished by Robt. Laurie & Jas Whittle No 53 Fleet St, London, (Successors to the late Mr Robert Sayer)., 1800. Painted by Geo Stubbs, Engraved by Rob Laurie, From a Capital Picture by Geo Stubbs in the possession of his grace the Duke of Marlborough. 12 Nov 1800. Mezzotint. Stubbs's striking Tigress. The present example is a copy of Dixon's celebrated print first published in 1772, taken from a life size painting at Blenheim Palace, and was "the most highly praised print after Stubbs in its day". The plate was reviewed in 'The Monthly Magazine' in February 1802: "... a print of a tiger, from Stubbs, which, after being many years out of print, is re-engraved and re-published by Laurie and Whittle. The first copy engraven from this picture was by the celebrated artist, Mr. John Dixon, and the writer of this article is inclined to think, that, without any exception, it was the finest mezzotinto that ever was engraved. The plate was destroyed by fire. The present copy... [is] engraved in a very respectable style". George Stubbs (1724-1806) was one of the greatest of all British animal painters. Little is known about his formative years, although he probably worked in his father's currier and leather business until the age of 15 or 16. Following his father's death in 1741 he was briefly apprenticed to the Lanchaire painter and engraver Hamlet Winstanley, however, he objected to the monotonous copying he was tasked with soon left. During the 1740s he worked as a portrait painter in the North of England and from about 1745 to 1751 he studied human anatomy at York … [Click Below for Full Description]
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