There are three exciting new additions to Golden Oak Stables’ Breyer gallery this year, all of them celebrating artists that have celebrated the horse through their work. One of the most recognizable is that of George Stubbs’ famous work, Whistlejacket!
George Stubbs was an English painter in the seventeenth and eighteenth century that became famous for his paintings of horses. After studying in both England and Italy Stubbs focused his work on horse and found a place painting the beautiful horses of the English countryside and those of noble lords and ladies. One such instance is Whistlejacket. Whistlejacket was a race horse owned by the Marquess of Rockingham and was painted in 1762 by Stubbs. This stunning painting stands over 115 inches tall and 97 inches wide making it larger than life and stunning. Whistlejacket is portrayed half rearing and bright chestnut in color on a plain background leaving even more reason to fall in love with the beauty of the horse!
Breyer’s Whistlejacket is produced in the same rearing position that so many recognize so easily. Standing about five inches tall he has been sculpted with great detail and produced in a stunning resin that allows the sculpture to retain intricate details. His fiery chestnut coat has been recreated in stunning likeness with a bright mane and tail, shading throughout and two white socks on his hind feet. He’s been sculpted onto a grass base that resembles the English countryside where the real Whistlejacket would have lived out his years.
Bringing beauty art and the equine together, Whistlejacket is a reminder of the beauty of the horse. He also brings the beauty of the horse to the sport of horse racing and a bit of history along with him! It’s easy to see why this painting has been a favorite for horse lovers for two hundred and fifty years, and a model of him is sure to be just as popular with collectors!