Molly Longlegs

George Stubbs, 1762

WAG 2389

About this object

This picture, with its clear depiction of veins, bones, muscles and distinctive equine bloodpoints is among the best of his single horse portraits. It shows how closely Stubbs's anatomical studies and portraiture were linked.

Molly Longlegs was a bay mare that twice won 200 guinea prizes at Newmarket races. She belonged to Lord Bolingbroke who presumably commissioned this portrait.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Molly Longlegs Held by Her Jockey
  • Artist(s)
    George Stubbs (British: English, born:25 August 1724, died:10 July 1806)
  • Date
    1762
  • Materials
    Oil; Canvas
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 101 cm x 126.8 cm
  • Physical description
    A full side portrait of a bay horse whose reins are held by a jockey.
  • Related people
    George Stubbs (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 2389
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by Messrs Lewis's Ltd in 1951
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 09, Animals in Art
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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  • Inscription text: Molly-Longlegs / Geo: Stubbs / pinxit 1762
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  • Inscription text: A Portrait of Molly / Longlegs / by Geo. Stubbs
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