Monday, 18 June 2012

I Wish It Were Mine....

A few years ago, a work colleague of my partner mentioned he had found a certain book in the effects of his recently departed brother-in-law.  When we heard what it was, we asked if we could have a look - what artist would not want to see a first edition copy of Stubbs The Anatomy of The Horse?
It was a huge book, about 2 ft across and not in the greatest of condition.
Good enough to read the text however, and also to look at the incredible illustrations.
We painstakingly photographed every page in order to keep a record of this wonderful book.
I've always loved Stubbs' work, and Whistlejacket is one of my all time favourite paintings.  Every time I go to the National Gallery in London I have to stand for a while and gaze at that lifesize painted horse.
Obviously Stubbs had researched horse anatomy to the minutest detail.
I only wish we had been able to keep this incredible treasure - we did consider trying to convince the man that it was worthless, but I don't think that would have worked somehow!
At least I have a photographic record of it though and know that I got to look at it in real life.
I also wish I could paint and draw like him!


Magpie Magic said...

What a treasure and what a pleasure to see the pictures you took. Thanks for sharing. :-) xoxo

Soggibottom said...

His great granddaughter used to have a huge Stubbs painting above her bed. She also used to be into Channel perfume... hum.. how do I know that ?
Your quite right, this is a treasure of a book. Lucky you to have seen it.
:-) xxx