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George Stubbs (1724-1806)

The Prince of Wales's Phaeton Signed and dated 1793

Oil on canvas | 102.0 x 128.1 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 400994

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The phaeton was the sports car of its day: a light, open, owner-driven two-horse carriage, with state-of-the-art suspension. This one is to be drawn by two sleek black horses in matching colours. The fine equipage tells us that its owner – the Prince of Wales – is a man of fashion and discernment.