‘The Godolphin Arabian’ by Daniel Quigley
Oil on Canvas
An 18th Century painting by Daniel Quigley of the Goldphin Arabian, foaled in Yemen in 1724. One of three great, Eastern stallions between 1689 and 1730, the Godolphin Arabian was ‘Esteemed one of the best foreign horses ever brought into England’. The painting is signed ‘Quigley Pinxt’ (lower left hand side). The present composition is thought to derive from an original by David Morier (c.1705-1770) and became a popular print, from which it is likely that George Stubbs based his portrait of the Arabian in c.1793. Other versions of this painting by Quigley are now in the National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket and in the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven. This particular painting is likely to have been purchased at Christies, London, May 18th 1990.
Height: 119 cm
Width: 148 cm
Depth: 6 cm