The eighteenth century English painter, George Stubbs – famous for his landscapes and paintings of horses – used to love visiting the Nottinghamshire estate of one of his wealthy patrons, the Duke of Portland.      He especially liked to paint the local beauty spot, Creswell Crags and set many of his famous works there, including Horse Devoured by a Lion (1763), and A Grey Horse with a Groom & Greyhound (c1762-4). Now, for the first time, the artist’s Nottinghamshire paintings will be on display in the county, at a gallery on what used to be the Duke’s estate, now the Welbeck estate.                                                                              Among the paintings on show at the Harley Gallery will be two huge early horse portraits from 1630, on public display for the first time,  from a group of twelve commissioned by William Cavendish (later, 1st Duke of Newcastle). A total of thirteen Stubbs paintings will be on show, including Marquess of Rockingham’s Stallion (oil), Grey Horse & Groom (oil), Brown Horse Mask (print), Sweet William (print) and Creswell Crags and Hunters (a series of four prints).     

The exhibition is from 6 September-21 December at the Harley Gallery, Welbeck Estate. www.harleygallery.co.uk

*The Creswell Heritage Trust has received heritage funding and a new museum and education centre is in the process of being built there. It’s expected to be finished by next March – we will be bringing you a feature about the area soon.