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George Stubbs paintings for the Gallery?

By johnboy - 2 April 2013 2

kangaroo?

The National Gallery has announced they’re buying two 18th Century George Stubbs paintings:

A portrait of the Kongouro (Kangaroo) from New Holland and a companion painting, A portrait of a large Dog from New Holland (Dingo) were painted by Stubbs in 1772 in response to a commission by naturalist Sir Joseph Banks. The small works have remained in the possession of descendants of the Banks family since then.

It was Banks who recommended to the British Government in the 1780s—well after Captain Cook’s death—that Australia should be colonised. He travelled with Captain Cook on his momentous 1768-70 Endeavour trip, which mapped the East Coast of Australia. Banks returned with the skin of a large kangaroo, and presumably one of a dingo. He commissioned the established animal artist George Stubbs, better known for his depictions of horses, to paint the ‘portraits’ of these Australian animals, which Stubbs did using the kangaroo skin and a number of skeletons, as well as rough sketches and verbal descriptions.

The paintings were first exhibited in the Royal Academy, London in 1773 and were published as engravings as a symbol of Australia in the account of Captain Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific. The paintings were some of the first significant images seen in Europe of the Australian continent.

It was only on 6 February that the British Government was placing an export bar on the paintings.

If a British buyer comes forward we could still miss out.

The BBC has a story about this worth checking out.

[Image: The Kongouro From New Holland, George Stubbs]

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George Stubbs paintings for the Gallery?
poetix 2:33 pm 02 Apr 13

Madam Cholet said :

slightly off- topic – I made a point of going to the National Gallery at the weekend to catch the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition before it closed. I was intrigued to note that in the gift shop they were selling women’s knickers for $5 a pair – obviously to tie in with the french theme and very pretty and impractical they were too. I also noted that they had no underwear suitable for men. Whilst we all know that Toulouse-Lautrec fraternised with the underbelly of Paris, I’m not sure we need reminding in the gift shop!

Wondering if they might extend that offer to celebrate the acquisition of these new paintings? Maybe a pair of undies similar to that which Stubbs himself might have worn?

I think they are called Stubbies.

Gift shops at exhibitions are generally abominations.

Madam Cholet 1:47 pm 02 Apr 13

slightly off- topic – I made a point of going to the National Gallery at the weekend to catch the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition before it closed. I was intrigued to note that in the gift shop they were selling women’s knickers for $5 a pair – obviously to tie in with the french theme and very pretty and impractical they were too. I also noted that they had no underwear suitable for men. Whilst we all know that Toulouse-Lautrec fraternised with the underbelly of Paris, I’m not sure we need reminding in the gift shop!

Wondering if they might extend that offer to celebrate the acquisition of these new paintings? Maybe a pair of undies similar to that which Stubbs himself might have worn?

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