Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
George Stubbs (1724-1806), Painter and anatomist
‘Mr Stubbs’s habits of life were almost as extraordinary as his intellectual attainments ... He was always a very early riser; and his constitution continued robust to the last ... [he] was remarkably abstemious; eating little food, and drinking only water, for the last 40 years' (Gentleman's Magazine, 1806).
'He weighed 13 stone 12 lbs on 22 December 1782, according to Joseph Banks’s scales' (J. Egerton, Stubbs, anatomist and painter, 1976).
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.