‘Racehorse on Newmarket Heath with a Rubbing Down House’

40" x 64.6"  /  101.6cm x 164.2cm

© Ripley 2014




Ripley's homage to the English painter George Stubbs (1724-1806). Stubbs was renowned for portraying the many Rubbing Down Houses in Newmarket, England, within his compositions in the late 18th century.

The building featured in the portrait is the last surviving Rubbing Down House on Newmarket Heath which has been extensively renovated in post-production to ensure the image was respectful to the original concept.

In the picture the foreground scene is juxtaposed with the modernity of the Millennium Grandstand on the distant horizon. The image is made up of many separate elements; foreground pathway, grass, buildings, sky. The horse was photographed separately in his training yard with his regular groom in a very relaxed environment using natural light.  

This Rubbing Down House was also used by Sir Alfred Munnings (equine artist) as his studio when he painted in Newmarket.  


The portrait was first exhibited at The Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket (UK) in July 2014. A solo exhibition entitled 'Ripley - The July Week Exhibition'. In October 2017 it was presented at The Munnings Art Museum where Ripley was invited as the speaker for the inaugural Munnings Birthday Lecture.




“At first glance, they look like old masters. The grandeur of the composition, the richness and texture of the image  - all would befit an 18th century oil painting. But Ripley’s horse portraits are photographs; artfully assembled and digitally enhanced, but photographs all the same. They’re mesmerising …..”
- Alice Ryan, Cambridge Magazine






Edition of 5
Print size: 40" x 64.6"  /  101.6cm x 164.2cm
Framed Size: 43.3" x 67.9"  /  110cm x 172.4cm
(this large piece may require specialist installation)
£ 11,100
Edition of 250    
Picture centred on paper 23.4” x 33.1” / 59.4cm x 84.1cm
Printed area: 19.5" x 31.5" / 49.5cm x 80cm
Framed size: 26.14” x 34.8” / 63.4 x 88.4cm 
£ 1,950


Hahnemühle Photo Rag Pearl 320gsm pure cotton paper.
UltraChrome™ K3 pigment-based archival professional inks.

Profile: Lord & Du Plooy design, 20 x 70mm Tulip Wood
Colour: Ofili Green (dark brown)
Mounting: Print Dry mounted to 2mm Pure Aluminium
Glazing: Optium Museum Acrylic
Presentation: Raised Float
Float: 20mm Visible
Backing: Rising White 
Raised: 9mm Support Frame
Fillets: Heritage White 20mm Deep
Backboard: Meridian
Sub frame with cross bars

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Profile: Lord & Du Plooy design, Tulip Wood
Colour: Ofili Green (dark brown)
Mounting: Print Dry mounted to 1.5mm Pure Aluminium
Glazing: TruVue AR70 Glass
Presentation: Raised Float
Backing: Rising White 
Raised: Support Frame
Fillets: Heritage White
Backboard: Meridian
Sub frame with cross bars


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All editions +2 Artist Proofs