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