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A Repose after Shooting

George Stubbs British

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A sense of satisfaction emanates from this scene, set in the twilight of a fruitful day of hunting. One gentleman rests “sated with sport” in a darkening wood, while the other adds a hare to their catch. Piled at the foot of a large oak tree, the bag includes birds of the field and woodland’s edge – colorful pheasant and pale-bellied partridge – and migratory wading birds – long-billed snipe and woodcock. The magnificent, closely-observed canopy of trees provides contrast with the three more open views. A distant view of Creswell Crags sets the background.

A Repose after Shooting, George Stubbs (British, Liverpool 1724–1806 London), Oil on canvas

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