GILPIN, Sawrey
(b. 1733, Carlisle, d. 1807, London)

A Dark Bay and a Grey Horse

c. 1775
Oil on canvas, 71 x 91 cm
Private collection

The present painting depicts a dark bay and a grey horse in a fenced paddock by a wood. It repeats a motif to which Gilpin returned frequently throughout his career: the portrayal of two animals head-to-head in a parkland setting. It also includes the large dock-leaves in the foreground which appear in innumerable pictures, a habit he shared with Stubbs.