Anatomy of the Horse
Stubbs George StaffISBN: 1843680033;
This handsome edition of George Stubbs' "The Anatomy of the Horse" reproduces all of his original etchings and commentary. Taken from the 1853 printing-the last to use the artist's original plates - it is a superb reprint of one of the classics of art and science. George Stubbs was one of Britain's most innovative artists. Such is the present reputation of his paintings, with their astonishingly convincing renderings of both animals and people, that it is easy to forget how much of his success was based on rigorous scientific observation. In 1756, Stubbs rented a remote farmhouse, where he erected a scaffolding to hold the cadavers of horses as he dissected and drew them. After 18 months of single-minded dedication, Stubbs produced the drawings for "Anatomy of the Horse", which he later etched himself. The result was a sensation. Letters of congratulation poured in from scientists all over Europe, amazed not only at the perfection of the finished work, but that it had been...