'Molly Longlegs', George Stubbs, 1761-1762

A portrait of a horse being held at the reins by a jockey. The scene is set within a landscape.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 127 x 101.5cm
Accession number: WAG 2389
Artist: George Stubbs (1724-1806)

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.