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Portrait of Mrs. French's White Lap Dog (Primary Title)
This painting is unusually well preserved because it was painted with enamel colors and then fired on an earthenware plaque – an endeavor in which Stubbs was assisted by the Enlightenment scientist Josiah Wedgwood. This elaborate and experimental technique was conducive to Stubbs’s highly detailed style, which seems appropriate to the tiny and precious dog that is his subject here.
Signed and dated, lower right: "Geo. Stubbs pinxit / 1792"; label on reverse.
Paul Mellon Collection
Judy Egerton, George Stubbs, Painter catalogue raisonné (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007) pp. 58, 456, cat. no. 237, color ills. pp. 59 (fig. 9), and 457.
James S. Wamsley, "Horses and Hounds," Southern Accents, Vol. 17, No. 5, Sept/Oct 1994, p. 53, ill.
Hope Levy, “Dog Art: Found in a Collection Near You?” Sirius newsletter from the Dog Museum, St. Louis, MO, Fall 1995, p. 4, ill.
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