Robb Report Singapore

A Black and White Spaniel Pointing by George Stubbs

Auctioned by Bonhams in London for £252,300


Once considered a lost work of the English painter George Stubbs, this oil painting of a spaniel pointing to the left, in a wooded landscape with a church spire just beyond it, was a highlight of Bonhams’ recent Old Master Paintings sale. Although the self-trained artist was most sought-after during his lifetime as a painter of horses, Stubbs also received numerous commission­s for portraits of dogs, usually by the aristocrat­ic owners of both animals. This particular work is thought to have been created in the second half of the 1770s, depicting a sporting dog scenting a bird with one foot characteri­stically raised.

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