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Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery William Hunter Collections:
GLAHA 43822


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GLAHM 43822: A Blackbuck 1770-80 - click to view larger image

A Blackbuck 1770-80

oil painting

CRE STUBBS, George; (English; 1724-1806)


Materials:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
61.0 x 70.8
Frame:
69.0 x 80.0
Notes:
The blackbuck is a type of antelope with striking spiralling horns. Stubbs is known principally as a horse painter, but he shared an interest in anatomy, human as well as animal, with William Hunter. Both Hunter and his brother John commissioned paintings of exotic animals from him and he later produced his own treatise on comparative anatomy, comparing 'The Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl'. This work is one of three images of blackbucks in William Hunter's collection. Despite its unfinished appearance, the painting does convey a sense of the antelope's grace and prettiness, and is an accurate likeness. The deformed horns suggest that the animal was badly fed in captivity. The painting used to be called a pigmy antelope, following an erroneous identification of the animal in the 19th century. Bequeathed by Dr William Hunter, 1783
Keywords:
ANIMAL : INDIA : ANATOMICAL WORK : BLACKBUCK : HORN : SKETCH : EXOTIC : NATURAL HISTORY : HUNTER 2007 : ON DISPLAY :

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