Shark with his Trainer Price (Primary Title)

George Stubbs, English, 1724 - 1806 (Artist)

dated 1775, painted ca. 1794?
oil on canvas
Unframed: 40 1/8 × 50 1/8 in. (101.92 × 127.32 cm)
Framed: 45 1/4 × 55 in. (114.94 × 139.7 cm)
Not on view
Shark was a brown colt descended from the Darley Arabian, one of the three most important Arabian stallions from which English thoroughbred racing stock descends. Foaled in 1771, Shark had a successful career at the Newmarket racecourse between 1774 and 1779. He was eventually exported to America, where he proved a successful sire at stud in Virginia. A writer in the American Turf Register of 1830 stated that Shark “did as much to enhance the value of the bloodstock of the United States as any horse ever imported.”
Paul Mellon Collection
2018: "Country Life: Masterpieces from the Mellon Collection of MVFA", Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France, September 4 - December 2, 2018

2018-2019: "A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art from the VMFA", National Sporting Museum & Library, Middleburg, VA, April 13 - July 22, 2018; Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN, February 2 - May 5, 2019; Frick Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, June 15 - September 8, 2019

"The Chronicle of the Horse" in Art, National Sporting Library and Museum, Middleburg, Virginia, August 26, 2016 - March 26, 2017

Inventing Old Virginia: The Rise of a Pastoral Ideal. Virginia Historical Society, February 8 - June 8, 2003

Gone Away: Gifts from the Estate of Paul Mellon, VMFA, February 6 - September 29, 2002

George Stubbs in the Collection of Paul Mellon - a Memorial Exhibition. VMFA, February 17 - May 14, 2000

Pfeiffer, Claudia. The Chronicle of the Horse in Art. Exh. Cat. Middleburg, VA: National Sporting Library and Museum, 2016. Plate 11, color ill. p. 36

“Back in the Saddle Again,” Hampton Roads Daily Press, June 3, 2008, B1-B2, color ill. B1.

[very similar to] Judy Egerton, George Stubbs, Painter catalogue raisonné (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007) p. 372, cat. 174, color ill. p. 373.

Cormack, Malcolm. Country Pursuits: British, American, and French Sporting Art from the Mellon Collections in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2007. (cat. no. 20, pp. 144-45)
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