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The Marquess of Rockingham's Arabian Stallion (led by a Groom at Creswell Crags)
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The Marquess of Rockingham's Arabian Stallion (led by a Groom at Creswell Crags) about 1780

On Display Scottish National Gallery

The grey, green and brown tones of the rocky setting provide an effective foil for this refined portrait of a magnificent Arabian stallion and groom. The painting was one of twelve commissioned from Stubbs by one of his most important and richest patrons, Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham (1730-1782). Among Rockingham's passions were breeding racehorses and collecting sculpture for his family home, Wentworth House, Yorkshire (known as Wentworth Woodhouse). He was twice, briefly, appointed Whig Prime Minister.

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Commission

When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

Patronage

The support given to artists by an individual or organisation, usually through buying or funding their work.

Commission, Patronage

Details

  • Acc. No. NG 2724
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 97.80 x 123.20 cm (framed: 130.00 x 156.00 x 12.00 cm)
  • Credit Accepted by H M Government in Lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the National Galleries of Scotland 2002