Happy 289th birthday to George Stubbs, born this day in 1724.
Born in Liverpool, Stubbs was very briefly apprenticed to a Lancashire painter but was largely self taught. While supporting himself as a portrait painter he also studied human anatomy at York County Hospital between 1745 and 1751. His earliest surviving work, an illustrated guide to midwifery, was published during this period (containing illustrations that are probably not safe for FaceBook).
Stubbs was most famous for his paintings of horses, including his masterpiece Whistlejacket, which is too well known to need reproducing here. Go and Google it if it's not already imprinted in your memory. In lieu of that, did you know he also painted Kangaroos ?