“Looking at the work of Durer, Rembrandt and Stubbs led to an interest in the apparent disconnection between animals and their habitat. How artists had historically represented animals which they might not have seen, or not seen in ‘the wild’ made me question what a natural habitat actually meant.
There is an apocryphal story that George Stubbs saw a lion killing a horse in North Africa on his way back from Italy, but this is unlikely to be true. His 1763 painting of a zebra which he saw in a private menagerie, is placed in what looks like a North European woodland. The painting appears perfectly balanced and correct although the animal is in a habitat with which it is not normally associated.”