The Stallion, Gillibrand, 1817
"Horses contributed significantly to Britain’s rich history and culture. They played an important role in hunting and the sport of organized horse racing. Either arena could have been where this gray stallion frolicked. Charles Towne obtained great celebrity with his portraits of working animals. Painted with diligent and affectionate care, this portrait suggests the animal’s importance to its owner. The stallion’s name, Gillibrand, could connect it to a Mr. Gillibrand who was a registered breeder of racehorses in Cheshire, near Liverpool."