For centuries, artists have been inspired by the majesty and beauty of the horse. The Yale Center for British Art has some of the greatest masterworks of equestrian art by artists from the eighteenth through the twentieth century. Paul Mellon, the British Center’s founder, was an avid collector of horse paintings as well as a breeder and racer of thoroughbreds. Foremost among the artists he collected were paintings by George Stubbs (1724-1806) who was the leading equestrian artist in eighteenth century England, and works by John Wootton (1682–1764), Robert Burnard (1800–1876), Sir Alfred J. Munnings (1878–1959), and others. This lecture will present works by the artists, their backgrounds, and the historic context of their paintings, as well as video commentary by leading scholars of equestrian art.