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WHO IS…GEORGE STUBBS?

Posted 10 June 2015 by Kat

He’s a pretty popular guy on My Gallery, but who is George Stubbs?

George Stubbs was Britain’s greatest sporting painter and is most famous for his paintings of horses, like the artwork below.

George Stubbs, Horse Frightened by a Lion ?exhibited 1763 c. Tate

George Stubbs, Horse Frightened by a Lion ? exhibited 1763 c. Tate

Stubbs taught himself how to draw and paint. He spent many days at home drawing and studying, and later he became an anatomy teacher at a hospital in York, England. This meant he taught students about how human and animal bodies work. Then in 1756 he decided to write a book on the anatomy of a horse. The book was a really popular and soon rich men were asking Stubbs to paint their horses.

George Stubbs, A Grey Hunter with a Groom and a Greyhound at Creswell Crags c.1762–4 c. Tate

George Stubbs, A Grey Hunter with a Groom and a Greyhound at Creswell Crags c.1762–4 c. Tate

Until the invention of the train and the motorcar, the best form of transport on land was a horse. In the mid 1700s when Stubbs was alive, horse breeding and racing became popular. All the rich men and women would go to the races and the horses were so famous that everybody knew their names (a bit like the way we know footballers’ names now).

Many of the horses Stubbs painted belonged to members of The Jockey Club. Here is a painting of a horse owned by one of the founding members of the Jockey Club. The horse’s name is Otho and the painting celebrates Otho winning at the Newmarket races.

George Stubbs, Otho, with John Larkin up 1768 c. Tate

George Stubbs, Otho, with John Larkin up 1768 c. Tate

What made Stubbs a great painter of horses was that he really loved horses and cared about them alot. Have a look at this picture of a grey stallion, Horse In The Shade of a Wood. There is no owner or jockey here, just a horse alone in the landscape. The horse is free, but there is still sadness in its eyes. Do you think Stubbs sometimes felt sorry for the horses he painted?

George Stubbs, Horse in the Shade of a Wood 1780 c. Tate

George Stubbs, Horse in the Shade of a Wood 1780 c. Tate

Stubbs liked drawing all animals, especially ones from exotic countries. He loved finding out about new species like zebras, cheetahs and moose.

George Stubbs, Leopards at Play 1780 c. Tate

George Stubbs, Leopards at Play 1780 c. Tate

Attributed to George Stubbs, Study of an Eagle date not known c. Tate

Attributed to George Stubbs, Study of an Eagle date not known c. Tate

I wonder what these animals are thinking…Have you ever gone to a zoo or farm and drawn the animals? Do you think you could capture their movements or how they growl and chirp? Maybe you could be inspired by George Stubbs to draw your own pet? If you have already, upload it on to My Gallery, like others below!

My Horse, by Diamond Animal, aged 8 from UK

My Horse, by Diamond Animal, 8 from UK

Fish By Anastasia, 13, from Devon

Fish By Anastasia, 13, from Devon

The Dog, By Legendary Man, 12 from London

The Dog, By Legendary Man, 12 from London

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TATE BRITAIN MEETS TOM AND JERRY

Posted 27 February 2014 by Becs

6 year-old Jude visited Tate Britain recently and made some drawings of the art he saw in the gallery. According to his mum Rachel who emailed us, Jude’s favourite cartoon characters are Tom and Jerry, so no wonder they also make an appearance in the drawings he made!

Thank you to Jude for these brilliant drawings, and to Rachel for emailing them in to Tate Kids. We hope you enjoy looking at them as much as we do.

6 year-old Jude’s drawing of a sculpture in Tate, featuring Tom and Jerry

Jude in action at Tate Britain

Tom and Jerry with Tate artworks, by Jude

Jude drawing in Tate Britain

More of Jude’s drawings

Another drawing by Jude

Drawings of sculpture and painting by Jude. Can you tell which artists he was drawing?

A final drawing by Jude

Jude and his book of drawings

Can you identify the works of art Jude has drawn?

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TOP 5 CATS

Posted 14 January 2014 by Becs

From curious kittens to wild cats in watercolour, our feline friends are a favourite subject matter of many artists. And here at Tate Kids, they are our favourite subject matter too, so here are our five top cats from Tate’s collection of art. Which is your favourite?

5. Alert and ready, this wild cat was made by British artist Elisabeth Frink.

Wild Cat 1970 by Dame Elisabeth Frink 1930-1993

4. A young person and their cat. This piece is over 200 years old.

Girl and Cat 1791 by John Russell 1744-1807

3. This kitten was made by drawing and smudging with chalk.

A Kitten null by John Downman 1750-1824

2. A cat jumps up to the dining table for a lobster lunch.

Still Life with Cat and Child 1959 by John Craxton 1922-2009

1. This well-trained cat Simpkin has brought a cup of tea to the bedside of the Tailor.

Simpkin at the Tailor's Bedside circa 1902 by Helen Beatrix Potter 1866-1943

What other art Top Fives would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below!

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