Historically significant George Stubbs paintings to stay in the UK. A retarded rat looking thing on two legs that’s supposed to be a kangaroo and a fox looking animal that’s supposed to be a dingo will no longer make their way to Australian shores after a campaign backed by British documentary maker David Attenborough saw the artworks slapped with an export ban.
The National Gallery of Australia are saying that they think the paintings are of much greater historical importance to Australia and the UK’s Maritime Museum says they’re hugely important visual records of British scientific exploration.
Poor old George only had sketches and specimens brought back from New Holland to work with, so you can forgive the man for making the kangaroo and dingo look a bit wonky.
They’ll now be hung at the National Maritime Museum in London, much more well known than before the little Aussie v Brit art tiff. The only way art ever makes the lame-stream media is with controversy.
George Stubbs – Kongouro from New Holland, 1772.
George Stubbs – Portrait of a Large Dog, 1772.