Probably the most famous horse portrait, by the most famous horse portraitist - Whistlejacket has an interesting tale to tell. In 1762, the Marquess of Rockingham commissioned George Stubbs to produce a companion painting of King George III, to go alongside a portrait of King George II, both majestically astride their fine stallions. However, Stubbs produced such a stunning portrait of the horse Whistlejacket, before the king was added on top, that the Marquess realised it would upstage George II if placed alongside. So... the only thing to do was to keep the new painting as it was - a groundbreaking, simplified portrait of JUST a horse!
National Gallery London
Andrew Hunt - Equestrian Artist
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