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Tuesday 30th July to Sunday 3rd November, 10.00am-5.00pm

Join us this summer as we celebrate the 300th birthday of artist, George Stubbs, by returning his paintings to Wentworth Woodhouse and displaying them here publicly for the first time!

George Stubbs has long been revered as a ground-breaking and curious artist, possessing an exceptional ability to present animals with a human-like quality. In 1762, Stubbs spent some time at Wentworth Woodhouse, working on paintings commissioned by the Second Marquess of Rockingham.

In our largest exhibition to-date, Beneath the Surface will feature Stubbs’ work alongside pieces by contemporary artists, including Ugo Rondinone, Mark Wallinger and Tracey Emin, who have drawn on similar themes. These artists also look beneath the surface, exploring animal and human experiences through their innovative and thought-provoking work.

The exhibition will also be accompanied by a vibrant programme of workshops, talks and tours, including activities in the Stubbs Hub and a scavenger hunt for the little ones, to help everyone get the most from the artworks on display.

Adult: General Admission
Child: Free
Accompanying Carer: Free

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

This exhibition has been made possible as a result of the Government Indemnity Scheme. Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust would like to thank HM Government for providing Government Indemnity and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England for arranging the indemnity.

Image Credit: George Stubbs, Mares and Foals with an Unfigured Background, 1762. With thanks to a private collection.

Jochem Hendricks, Pack, 2003-2006. Photo: Wolfgang © Jochem Hendricks

George Stubbs, Five of Lord Rockingham’s Foxhounds in a Landscape, 1762. With thanks to a private collection.

Jo Longhurst, The Refusal (Part I), 2007.


Due to the age and nature of the house, there is no disabled access to the upper floors which includes the venue for this exhibition.

Help Support Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust

Remember, any money made from our exhibitions goes straight into the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust and contributes towards the restoration of this magnificent House & Gardens.