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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Paintings of animals, from all artistic periods, have long since become the most popular reproductions for art fans across the world.

The Artistic qualities of George Stubbs

George Stubbs' work with animals offers something scientific in balance with art. His oil paintings cover stags, horses and dogs amongst others. The traditional finish to his work also offers a great contrast to perhaps Picasso prints of animals or Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy by David Hockney.

Focus on animals

The majority of Stubbs paintings would portray animals within a natural setting, or at least in the British countryside whilst being in a hunt or horse race, for example. This would add interest to each piece and make it much more than just an anatomical study - those were covered in his detailed drawing series.

The anatomical, study-like drawings have similarities to Northern Renaissance artist, Albrecht Durer, who also provides animals for print reproducions, such as his charming squirrels. He would also capture hares, owls, birds and stags across a variety of art mediums including oils, chalk drawings, woodcuts and engravings.

Methods of reproduction

These romanticist or renaissance drawings are best reproduced as fine art prints with heavy frame and inlay mat. The finest art tends to present itself with only subtle additions needed, so perhaps a dark, wooden frame and white mat would best serve the work of George Stubbs.

British art in general is popular as art prints, with landscape artists being the most prominent genre. Turner and Constable spearhead the finest achievements of this region, with other notable artists also from Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Historical figures captured from commissions were most common in England where much of the power laid during certain periods, for example with Hans Holbein's portraits of Henry VIII.