George Stubbs Mares and Foals in a River Landscape c.1763-8
Sir Joshua Reynolds, Three Ladies Adorning a Term of Hymen 1773
Putting the Stubbs next to the Reynolds brings out interesting underlying similarities between the two groups. Rich patrons in Britain were as keen to have portraits of their families as of their horses. Stubbs became a master in arranging horses in a composition that moved beyond the mere portrait to acquire the status of high art. Both of these paintings arrange figures in the landscape rather like a frieze. The arrangement of dark figures next to pale figures and particularly of a white figure against the dark echo each other in terms of their arrangement and they also speak of the English propertied classes.