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Two Gentlemen Going a Shooting

George Stubbs British

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Enjoying the pleasures of companionship, the two set out in search of game. But who are they? It is thought that the man in the dark brown coat is William Wildman – meat salesman, provisioner, and friend of Stubbs – who may have commissioned the paintings; certainly he owned them at the time of his death in 1784. His companion may be Thomas Bradford, print-publisher and picture-dealer, who commissioned William Woollett, one of the finest line-engravers of his day, to make the engravings. Each engraving was numbered and inscribed with a verse.

Two Gentlemen Going a Shooting, George Stubbs (British, Liverpool 1724–1806 London), Oil on canvas

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