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The Prince of Wales’ phaeton, by George Stubbs



Oil on canvas, 102 x 128 cm, signed and dated 1793, The Royal Collection, London, inv. nr. 400994

The Prince of Wales (later King George IV) is harnessing his team of two black horses to a phaeton carriage. He has taken off his coat for the work. A groom is assisting him, but the Prince himself is carrying the pole which has to be fixed to the carriage. At the time the phaeton was a very fashionable carriage fitting for people who loved speed and elegance. The black horses with almost equal white stockings at their hind-feet have been carefully selected. Their red brow-bands with rosette match with the red color of the phaeton and the red coat of the groom. The spitz dog Fino accompanies them. This painting is a portrait of the horses, the Prince, the groom and the dog, altogether. The Prince himself commissioned this painting with George Stubbs.








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