Stubbs Masterpiece to be offered at Christie's London Auction
Christie's will offer for sale one of George Stubbs' most important works "Gimrack on Newmarket Heath" at the Old Master and British Paintings evening sale 5 July 2011 London, it is expected to realise in excess of £20 million.
Gimrack on Newmarket Heath, with a Trainer, a Stable-lad and a Jockey by George Stubbs(1724-1806) is a true masterpiece of both British art and sporting painting, portraying Gimrack, one of the most popular and admired of all 18th century racehorses. It is offered from the Woolavington Collection, one of the finest private collections of Sporting Art and is expected to realise in excess of £20 million.
Gimrack on Newmarket Heath, with a Trainer, a Stable-lad and a Jockey was executed in 1765 having been commissioned by the horse's owner, Frederick St. John, 2nd Viscount Bolingbroke, who led an extravagant lifestyle pursuing his main interests of racing and gambling.