J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

A Horse and His Boy

Here is one of the charming treasures of the Yale Center for British Art: George Stubbs’s 1774 painting “Pumpkin with a Stable-Lad.”

Notably, in this portrait the horse has a name, the lad none. The boy does, however, have the decade’s fashionable mullet.

2 comments:

John Maass said...

So what do we call the horse's haircut??

J. L. Bell said...

Now that you mention it, Pumpkin's hair is short in front and cut longer in the back, too.