February 2–May 5, 2019

A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art

from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

  • Benjamin Marshall (British, 1768–1835). Noble, a Hunter Well-Known in Kent, 1810. Oil on canvas, 40 1/8 x 50 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Paul Mellon Collection, 99.80. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Katherine Wetzel

  • James Pollard (British, 1792–1867). Coaching Incident: A Railway Train Overtaking the Hull-London Royal Mail Coach, 1843. Oil on panel, 8 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Paul Mellon Collection, 99.87. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Travis Fullerton

  • George Stubbs (British, 1724–1806). Black and White Spaniel Following a Scent, 1793. Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Paul Mellon Collection, 85.506. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Katherine Wetzel

  • Henry Thomas Alken (British, 1785–1851). Fishing on the River Avon, near Fordingbridge, Hampshire: Trout Fishing at Harper Mill, 1842. Oil on panel, 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Paul Mellon Collection, 85.485.1. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Katherine Wetzel

  • Benjamin Marshall (British, 1768–1835). David, the Property of Henry Villebois, Esq., with Two Other Coach Horses, 1802. Oil on canvas, 33 1/2 x 39 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Paul Mellon Collection, 85.476. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Katherine Wetzel

  • John Frederick Herring, Sr. (English, 1795–1865). The Final Lengths of the Race for the Doncaster Gold Cup, 1826. Oil on canvas, 17 3/4 x 35 3/4 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Paul Mellon Collection, 99.79. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Katherine Wetzel

  • 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

  • John Collett (British, ca. 1725–1780). The Joys of the Chase or The Rising Woman and the Falling Man, 1780. Oil on canvas, 16 x 23 1/2 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Paul Mellon Collection, 99.62. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Travis Fullerton

  • George Stubbs (British, 1724–1806). Tiger, ca. 1769–71. Oil on canvas, 24 1/4 x 28 3/4 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Paul Mellon Collection, 99.95. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Katherine Wetzel

  • George Morland (British, 1763–1804). Pigs and Piglets in a Sty, ca. 1800. Oil on canvas, 9 1/2 x 12 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Paul Mellon Collection, 85.472. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: David Stover

  • Abraham Cooper, R. A. (English, 1787–1868). The Wapati or North American Deer, 1818. Oil on panel, 10 7/8 x 14 1/8 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Paul Mellon Collection, 85.487. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Travis Fullerton

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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

Supported in part by our 2019 Frist Gala Patrons
 

Note: Docent-guided tours of this exhibition will include Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

 

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