Hyena (or Hyaena) with a Groom on Newmarket Heath (Primary Title)

George Stubbs, English, 1724 - 1806 (Artist)

ca. 1767
oil on canvas
Unframed: 40 1/8 × 50 1/8 in. (101.92 × 127.32 cm)
Framed: 46 × 56 in. (116.84 × 142.24 cm)
Hyena races successfully in four-mile heats during the late 1760s. She later became a famous broodmate from whose line English and American winners were bred. Stubbs carefully observed the lean anatomy of Hyena, which was likely caused by the practice of layering blankets on the horse and then running her long distances to induce weight loss through sweating. He also took pains to establish the gentle relationship between her and her groom, who is touchingly shown as on the verge of outgrowing his clothes. The landscape, which at first glance appears exact, contains oddities such as the abruptly chopped-off rubbing-down house at left, the windmill fitted under Hyena’s neck, and the empty but voluminous sky.
Paul Mellon Collection
Paul Mellon in His Own Words dvd (Washington DC: National Gallery, 2007), Title 17, chpt. 4.

Judy Egerton, George Stubbs, Painter catalogue raisonné (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007) p. 200, cat. no. 53, color ill. p. 201.

John Baskett et al, Atlantic Crossings: Paul Mellon as a Collector of British Art ex. cat. (New Haven: Yale Center for British Art and the Royal Academy, London, in asso. with Yale University Press, 2007) p. 36, color ill. fig. 11, p. 37.
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