With representative masterpieces of the genre-including works by Sir Francis Grant, John Frederick Herring, Benjamin Marshall, George Morland, and George Stubbs-this exhibition celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon's gift of British sporting art to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and marks an opportunity to view the entire breadth of this outstanding and comprehensive collection. It also proposes a fresh look at sporting art within wider social and artistic contexts, including the scientific and industrial revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries, the transformation of the British countryside, the evolutionary history of the horse and other animals, and society's changing habits and customs.
Exhibition organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Image credit: Sir Alfred Munnings, P. R. A. (British, 1878-1959). Linin' ‘em Up, Newmarket, ca. 1940-53. Oil on panel, 19 3/4 x 23 1/2 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Paul Mellon Collection, 96.24. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: David Stover