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Stubbs: An Exhibition in Honor of Paul Mellon

May 4 – June 2, 1985
West Building, Main Floor, Galleries 60, 60A, 60B, 62 (1,500 sq. ft.)

George Stubbs, White Poodle in a Punt, c. 1780, oil on canvas, Paul Mellon Collection, 1999.80.22

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 30 paintings of horses and drawings by one of Paul Mellon's favorite English painters were shown as a tribute to Mr. Mellon. The exhibition opened on the day after the third Andrew W. Mellon dinner, which marked his retirement as chairman of the board and trustee of the National Gallery. Many of the works had been seen earlier at the Tate Gallery in London and at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, which had been founded by Paul Mellon.

Organization: D. Dodge Thompson was the coordinator. Gaillard Ravenel and Mark Leithauser designed the exhibition, and Gordon Anson designed the lighting for the National Gallery.

Sponsor: The exhibition was supported by a grant from United Technologies Corporation and by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Attendance: 43,127

Catalog: George Stubbs 1724-1806, by Judy Egerton. London: Tate Gallery, 1984.

Brochure: Stubbs: An Exhibition in Honor of Paul Mellon, by Jennifer Saville. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1985.

Stubbs, George
British, 1724 - 1806