This is a portrait of John Gibbons with his famous Herefordshire ox. The animal was a staggering 6ft 3in (1.9m) high at the shoulders and weighed 1300 kg. An average ox in the 1780s would have been about 4ft (1.2m) and weighed 500 kg. John Gibbons, a gentleman farmer of Long Sutton in the fens of south-east Lincolnshire, won the ox at a cock fight. Stubbs includes the champion cockerel in this painting. Gibbons transported the animal from Lincolnshire to London, where it was displayed in various exhibitions. Sadly, the ox was too big to live very long. It was reported that it died when its legs collapsed under its own weight.