Shy pregnant mare at the National Stud


  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Date: 6 November, 2012


The National Stud is a horse breeding farm a couple of miles outside Newmarket. It is owned by the Jockey Club and houses breeding stallions who impregnate the mare’s. This is all done under strict control. The owners of the stallions are paid large sums by the owners of the mares to produce offspring with the right lineage.

I was given permission to make drawings at the Stud in preparation for my one man exhibition in the Jockey Club’s premises. This particular mare was very friendly but shy. She kept her eyes hidden behind the fence rail whenever I looked at her directly. Hence this painting which was made in my studio in Cambridge.

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