The artist George Stubbs (1724-1806) wanted to paint in enamel colours, which would not fade once they had been fired. Wedgwood made large tablets for him to paint on but they were technically very difficult to produce. He made this tablet between March 1783 and September 1784, it is the largest size of tablet that Wedgwood ever made. Stubbs did not paint on this tablet until 1795. Enamelled tablets, such as this, were not a success at the time and this tablet remained with Stubbs until his death in 1806.