George Stubbs in the Collection of Paul Mellon: A Memorial Exhibition

Friday, April 30, 1999
Wednesday, September 1, 1999

Paul Mellon collected George Stubbs with a passion and an instinctual feel for his qualities. The very first painting Paul Mellon ever purchased was Stubbs’s Pumpkin with a Stable-Lad. He also collected Stubbs comprehensively, even systematically, acquiring drawings, prints, enamels, and Stubbs’s only publication, The Anatomy of the Horse. There is a range and a depth to this collection that no other public or private collection can rival.

The Center published a handsome, fully-illustrated book to accompany this exhibtion. Designed by Greer Allen and Julie Lavorgna, it has an introductory essay by Malcolm Cormack, Paul Mellon Curator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and contributions by the curatorial staff of the Center. The book formed part of the Center’s tribute to its munificent founder and brought together for the first time the most remarkable and comprehensive collection of George Stubbs ever created.

George Stubbs, A Lion Attacking a Horse (detail), 1762, oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection


Venues

Yale Center for British Art:
April 30–September 1, 1999

Virginia Museum of Fine Art: 
February 14–May 15, 2000