Stubbs began his career as a portraitist, first in Liverpool and then other northern towns. Although he began to specialise in painting animals in his mid-thirties, he remained a master of observing people: their poses, their costumes and above all their expressions.
People, especially working people and people who handled animals, appear in many of his works. In contrast to the society portrait painters of his day, Stubbs avoided flattering his subjects. Instead he cut them down to size and made them seem as true to life as possible. Close study of his pictures reveals that he responded to the people he painted with shrewdness and humour.
Click on the links below to see some of the paintings from the exhibition.