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:1724-08-25, died:1806-07-10)
  • Date
    1762
  • Materials
    Canvas; Oil Paint
  • 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, wearing a light blue jacket and beige breeches. In the lower right foreground is a discarded pile of horse tack.
  • Related people
    Agnew's Gallery (Previous owner) ; Bernard (Previous owner) ; Sir Walter Gilbey (Previous owner) ; Tresham Gilbey (Previous owner) ; Walter Victor Hutchinson (Previous owner) ; Messrs Lewis's Ltd (Previous owner) ; George Stubbs (Artist/maker) ; Vokins (Previous owner)
  • 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 05
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Messrs Lewis's Ltd

    Owned from: 1951
    How acquired: Purchased from Agnew
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery
  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: 1951
    How acquired: Purchased at Christie's on 20 July 1951, Lot 124
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Sold to Lewis's Ltd
  • Walter Victor Hutchinson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased from Bernard
    Owned until: 1950
    Disposal method: Sold posthumously at Christie's on 20 July 1951, Lot 124
  • Bernard

    Owned from: 1947
    How acquired: Purchased at Christie's on 30 May 1947, Lot 82
    Owned until: ?-
    Disposal method: Sold to Walter Hutchinson
  • Tresham Gilbey

    Owned from: 1910
    How acquired: Probably purchased for him by Vokins
    Owned until: 1947
    Disposal method: Sold posthumously at Christie's on 30 May 1947, Lot 82
  • Vokins

    Owned from: 1910
    How acquired: Purchased at Christie's on 12 March 1910, Lot 150
    Owned until: 1910
    Disposal method: Probably purchased for Tresham Gilbey and given to him
  • Sir Walter Gilbey

    Owned from: 1885
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1910
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 12 March 1910, Lot 150

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  • Inscription text: Molly-Longlegs / Geo: Stubbs / pinxit 1762
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    Inscription location: Front; Lower left
  • Inscription text: A Portrait of Molly / Longlegs / by Geo. Stubbs
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  • Inscription text: Ashton Court Heirlooms No.39
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  • Inscription text: 4428
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  • Inscription text: 1885 / no 59 / March 2nd / Sir NevilleGreville Smythe Bt. / 1 / 2 length Portrait of a Lady in white satin...
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