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Even though George Stubbs was mainly famous for his work with equestrian paintings, his profound knowledge of anatomy would earn him requests to paint all sorts of exotic animals, from zebras to kangaroos, often for academic purposes. Stubbs would often make an attempt at portraying the animals either in what he imagined was their natural environment or in the property of their current owner. This happened because, although the artist had access to the animals themselves to portray them, this happened in the collections and menageries of the wealthy British people who had brought the animals over to serve as pets and curiosities, not in their natural environment, which would have been mostly alien to the painter.
Exemplifying the former is this 1774 oil on canvas painting of a monkey, likely of Asian origin, that would have belonged to either John or Charles Towneley of Towneley Hall, in Lancashire. Here, the animal is painted in a somewhat artificial environment where the proportions seem just a little bit off, with either tiny peaches or an enormous monkey, and trees and plants that bear just enough detail to be recognized as such, but not enough to be typified. This results in a slightly awkward picture, especially combined with the monkey’s credible but posed posture and the way the animal looks at the painter like a human model would. Still, one can’t help but be amazed at Stubbs’ exquisite skill in rendering the most diverse animals with perfection in the portrayal of their anatomy.
Sold by Sotheby’s of London in 2000 to private collectors, along with a painting of a gray horse and another of a spaniel owned by the same person as the monkey, this piece is not only an exquisite attempt at portraying animal anatomy mostly unknown to Europeans of the time but also a delightful piece of curious memorabilia. That is because according to Stubbs’ diaries. At the same time, this portrait was being produced, the animal model would have bitten the artist Richard Cosway, who was very close with the Towneleys and had been visiting, which led to the animal being sacrificed in fear that it would become more aggressive. On account of that, the portrait was finished posthumously, which might be part of the reason for the animal’s strange human-like mien.
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