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Turf, with Jockey up, at Newmarket

George Stubbs British

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The setting, with its low horizon, is based on Stubbs’s study of a rubbing house and race course on Newmarket Heath. Shown at the peak of his career, Turf was a bay colt owned by Lord Bolingbroke, one of Stubbs’s early patrons. The jockey wears Bolingbroke’s colors – black jacket and cap with buff breeches. Horse and rider are composed and alert, poised for the race to begin. One jockey recalled, “I was mounted on the noblest that the earth contains, had him under my care, and was borne by him over hill and dale, far outstripping the wings of the wind.”

Turf, with Jockey up, at Newmarket, George Stubbs (British, Liverpool 1724–1806 London), Oil on canvas

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