George Stubbs

1724 (Liverpool) – 1806 (London)

Josiah Wedgwood was approached by Stubbs to find a way of firing high-quality enamelled images; both made heavy demands of the other, though it enabled Wedgwood to present himself as an artist’s patron. He commissioned some family portraits from Stubbs, and got him to teach perspective drawing to his children, including Thomas. Burke was an acquaintance. Hunter became a friend of Stubbs — they shared a passion for anatomy — and commissioned studies of a yak, a rhino, a baboon and a monkey from him, and noted that the kangaroo painted for Banks was based on the skin and skull only.

George Stubbs knew…