Sunday, 20 July 2014

Artists - Sunday Stamps

It was a set of stamps depicting dogs that caught my eye some weeks ago. It was only later that I realised that they were paintings.

George Stubbs (1724-1806) was probably better known for his paintings of horses but on 8 January 1991 the Royal Mail issued these:
Great Britain


The Two Hounds in a Landscape (A Couple of Foxhounds) painted in 1792 may be found at the Tate Gallery.

If the King Charles Spaniel once had Royal connections then the dogs on the next two stamps do too. Both paintings are in the Royal Collection.

A Rough Dog was painted in 1790. Fino and Tiny (1791) belonged to the Prince of Wales who later became King George IV, so it's possible that Stubbs painted them for him.

To see the work of other artists or illustrators in Viridian's theme please visit Sunday-Stamps-180.


11 comments:

Joy said...

Love that pointer pose. Wonderfully observed paintings.

agi said...

as noble as horses are there is much more diversity in painting dogs. i find the description 'rough dog' amusing :) nice set!

Postcardy said...

I love those paintings/stamps!

Jo said...

Love these stamps too. I particularly like the King Charles spaniel.

Little Nell said...

These are very fine stamps. I must admit, I prefer Stubbs’ dog paintings to his horses.

viridian said...

It's great to see the whole set - I've only seen the first one before. And you are able to include your favorite dogs. :-) thank you for joining in.

Karen S. said...

We can never go wrong when it comes to dogs! Beautiful stamps.

Ana said...

awww, my heart always melts at these! they look so real! make me wanna cuddle them!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob .. how lovely to see the Stubbs' paintings used in stamps - I occasionally use Stubbs' artwork in my blog ... they are so well done ..

Cheers - I enjoyed looking at these .. Hilary

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

Ah, yes! I have this set as PHQ cards.

VioletSky said...

I think I was first introduced to Stubbs from another post of yours for Sunday Stamps.