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Gimcrack, with John Pratt up, on Newmarket Heath

Stubbs, George (painter)

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Gimcrack, with John Pratt up, on Newmarket Heath


Stubbs, George (painter) [ULAN info: British artist, 1724-1806]







Technique Description

oil on canvas


height: 100 cm
width: 124 cm


circa 1765


bought: Adeane, James 1982 (Filtered for: Paintings, Drawings and Prints)

William Wildman, for whom painted; his posthumous sale, Christie's, 19-20 January 1787, second day's sale, lot 71 ('The famous horse Gimcrack'), bt. Woodburn (?father of the dealer Samuel Woodburn) £17 6s. 6d.; Sir Walter Gilbey (by 1895); sold Christie's, 11 June 1915, lot 391, bt. Dean (? a York dealer: not a name known to present members of the London trade), £231; Sir William Pierrepont Wilson-Todd, Bt., of Halneby Hall, Croft, Yorkshire (who d. 13 February 1925, s.p., whereupon the baronetcy became extinct), presented by his widow to the Yorkshire Club, 12 May 1925; sold (when the Yorkhshire Club was virtually sold up) September 1957 to Agnew's, from whom bt. by Lady Adeane; her son James Adeane

From the Abbott, Fairhaven, Gow, Jones, Perceval, Webb and University Purchase Funds after a public appeal through the Friends of the Fitzwilliam with subscriptions led by their Majesties the Queen and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and contributions from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Victoria and Albert Museum Grant-in-Aid, the National Art Collections Fund, the Pilgrim Trust and the British Sporting Art Trust, through Michael Tollemache.


  1. signature
    Position: lower right
    Content: Geo; Stubbs Pinxit


  1. (2005) Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum, London: Scala [page: 81]
  2. Gilbey, Walter (1895) The Life of George Stubbs, R.A., [page: 161-163]
  3. The Famous Gimcrack,
    Source title: Yorkshire Herald (05 1912)
  4. ...A Christmas Causerie, [page: 249-258]
    Source title: The Antique Collector (1967)
    [comments: repr. p. 251]
  5. Taylor, Basil (1971) Stubbs, [page: 207]
  6. Goodison, J.W. (1967) [Unknown; Illustrated London News; 1960], London
    Source title: Illustrated London News (1960)
  7. Goodison, J.W. (1967) [Unknown; Illustrated London News; 1960], London
    Source title: Illustrated London News (1960)
  8. Egerton, Judy A race to save a Stubbs, London
    Source title: Country Life (13 1982)
  9. Gimcrack's Last Race, [page: 6-7]
    Source title: National Art Collections Fund News (1982)
    [comments: reproduced]
  10. Egerton, Judy (1983) Stubb's 'Gimcrack, with John Pratt up', London? [page: 96-97]
    Source title: National Art Collections Review (
    [comments: reproduced (colour)]
  11. Fairley, John (1984) Great Racehorses in Art, [page: 61]
    [comments: reproduced]
  12. Baskett, John (1986) George Stubbs (1724-1806) Pumpkin with a Stable-Lad and the Single Horse Portraits, Washington: National Gallery of Art [page: 25 ff]
    Source title: Essays in Honor of Paul Mellon, Collector and Benefactor (
    [comments: fig. 7]
  13. (2000) The British Sale; Important Paintings, Drawings and Watercolours, London? [page: 29]
    [comments: Reproduced, Fig. 4, p. 31 (colour).]

Accession Number

PD.7-1982 (Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(Reference Number: 3975; Input Date: 2000-04-13 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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