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National Sporting Library & Museum

National Sporting Library & Museum J. Clayton Bright (American, b. 1947) "Red Fox (Vulpes Fulva)" bronze, 14 x 31 x 6 inches, National For more information, visit www.nationalsporting.org.

The National Sporting Library and Museum is dedicated to preserving, promoting and sharing the literature, art, and culture of equestrian and field sports. Founded in 1954, the Library has over 20,000 books dating from the 16th–21st centuries. The Museum houses a permanent collection of over 1300 pieces and hosts exhibitions of American and European fine sporting art. Information is shared through

The National Sporting Library and Museum is dedicated to preserving, promoting and sharing the literature, art, and culture of equestrian and field sports. Founded in 1954, the Library has over 20,000 books dating from the 16th–21st centuries. The Museum houses a permanent collection of over 1300 pieces and hosts exhibitions of American and European fine sporting art. Information is shared through

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Happy National Girls & Women in Sports Day!Franklin Brooke Voss (American, 1880–1953), "Portrait of Mrs. William C. Lang...
02/01/2023

Happy National Girls & Women in Sports Day!

Franklin Brooke Voss (American, 1880–1953), "Portrait of Mrs. William C. Langley Aside on Sandown", 1921, oil on canvas, 28 x 36 inches, Gift of Mrs. Eleanor Langley Fletcher, 1962

In this portrait, Mrs. Elida Bonnell Langley is elegantly turned-out with the Meadow Brook Hunt in the background. She also rode with the Orange County Hounds, Cedar Creek, and Piping Rock clubs on Long Island, as well as in England and Ireland. Along with her husband, they owned Atoka Farm in Middleburg, VA.

Voss captured the waning days of the sidesaddle. The early 20th century saw the emergence of the cross-saddle, a safer and more comfortable option to the sidesaddle. Choosing to ride astride, though, meant women had to wear breeches, still considered masculine. This brought an overlap of traditional and modern styles to the field: the elder generation wanting to maintain their modesty in skirts and the younger generation wanting the freedom to ride unencumbered by breeches.

Voss came from a family of artists: in addition to various extended family members, his four siblings and sister-in-law were all artists. He also came from a family of foxhunters: his uncle formed the Elkridge Hounds (later the Elkridge-Harford Hounds) in Monkton, MD, and his father founded the Rockaway Hunt Club on Long Island, NY. Voss regularly hunted with both, as well as the Meadow Brook Hunt.

This painting is currently on display in our Highlights from the Permanent Collection exhibit. Museum hours: Thursday-Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm

The Tryon, North Carolina-based artist was primarily an equine painter, but this sensitively executed watercolor won Bes...
01/31/2023

The Tryon, North Carolina-based artist was primarily an equine painter, but this sensitively executed watercolor won Best in Show at the 28th annual 2014 Art Show at the Dog Show in Wichita, Kansas. The title refers to the tracking collar and chain collar around the neck of the American Foxhound outfitted for a hunt.

Charles Harpt (American, 1927–2021), "Dressed for the Occasion", 2013, watercolor on paper, 10 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches, Gift of the Art Show at the Dog Show, On Loan from American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

This painting is currently on view in Identity & Restraint: Art of the Dog Collar.

We are excited to announce that on Saturday, March 25, 2023 the NSLM’s very own George L. Ohrstrom Jr. Deputy Director a...
01/30/2023

We are excited to announce that on Saturday, March 25, 2023 the NSLM’s very own George L. Ohrstrom Jr. Deputy Director and Curator, Claudia Pfeiffer will be leading a seed bead dog collar workshop inspired by the elegant blue beaded dog collar featured in our most recent exhibition, Identity and Restraint: The Art of the Dog Collar at the NSLM.

After touring the exhibition, learn the skills to follow a beading chart and make a collar just like this one!

All supplies will be provided as well as a packed lunch. Workshop details will be posted on the event’s page on the NSLM website shortly.

click here to register: https://www.nationalsporting.org/index.php/nslm/event_details/1222/

01/29/2023
Time for first Sunday Sketch of 2023! The NSLM is super excited to have Kim T. Richards leading our FREE workshop later ...
01/29/2023

Time for first Sunday Sketch of 2023! The NSLM is super excited to have Kim T. Richards leading our FREE workshop later today.

All materials are provided, all ages & abilites are welcome. There will be a 15-minute skill session from 2pm - 2:15pm that will be streamed on Facebook Live, and the in-person guided activity will start at 2:30pm.

Please join us today at 10:30 am in the Library's main reading room for our first Fox Tales Story Time! Gather the famil...
01/28/2023

Please join us today at 10:30 am in the Library's main reading room for our first Fox Tales Story Time!

Gather the family and find a cozy spot in the NSLM's main reading room for a story hour that celebrates the story time tradition of Middleburg Library and the history and inspiration of the National Sporting Library and Museum. Free, all ages welcome.

Saturday, January 28, 2023
10:30am - 11:30am
Library Main Reading Room

more info: https://www.nationalsporting.org/index.php/nslm/event_details/1217/2023/01/28/

***Now Open***  Endurance: Secretariat’s Triple Crown at 502023 marks the 50th anniversary of Virginia’s most famous rac...
01/27/2023

***Now Open*** Endurance: Secretariat’s Triple Crown at 50

2023 marks the 50th anniversary of Virginia’s most famous racehorse, Secretariat, winning the Triple Crown (1973). This feat had not been achieved since Citation in 1948. Secretariat's triumph captivated America, and its memory has become even more pronounced with time. Those who were witness to the Thoroughbred's victory set out to document this historic event in print, photo, and paint.

Drawing from the National Sporting Library & Museum’s singular holdings, this January 2023 will see the Library’s Forrest E. Mars, Sr. Exhibit Hall transformed into a celebration of the endurance of this sports hero’s story.

On view in the Library’s Forrest E. Mars, Sr. Exhibit Hall, Thursday - Sunday, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Tonight's the Night! All NSLM members are invited to join us for Sporting Bibliophiles, the Official NSLM Member Book Cl...
01/26/2023

Tonight's the Night! All NSLM members are invited to join us for Sporting Bibliophiles, the Official NSLM Member Book Club.

Join us as we dive between the pages of our favorite fiction books and engage in lively discussions with other sporting enthusiasts.

Peek through your local bookstore or public library to find this quarter’s chosen book, "Horse" by Geraldine Brooks, and come prepared with a cup of tea (or any cozy refreshment) to discuss your thoughts, ask questions, and enjoy the company of your fellow book club members.

Please click here to register. https://www.nationalsporting.org/index.php/nslm/event_details/1200/

Happy Birthday Lord Lonsdale! In this dashing portrait, Hugh Cecil Lowther, the 5th Earl of Lonsdale, is shown wearing m...
01/25/2023

Happy Birthday Lord Lonsdale!

In this dashing portrait, Hugh Cecil Lowther, the 5th Earl of Lonsdale, is shown wearing morning dress with a flower in his buttonhole and holding a cigar. His mischievous smile is a hint at his fun-loving personality. As the second son, he was not expected to ascend to the family title and was not given the same strict parameters as his older brother. However, his brother died childless and, at the age of 25, Hugh inherited his title, wealth, and properties. Known as “The Yellow Lord” for his favorite color, Lonsdale’s extravagant life was filled with adventure, sport, and flair.

Lonsdale was an avid sportsman. He was Master of Foxhounds for three different hunts—Quorn, Cottesmore, and Woodland Pytchley. He was also a coaching enthusiast with his four-in-hand.

Russell Arundel purchased the painting and Lonsdale’s books after the latter’s death in 1944. Arundel then donated the collection to the NSL in 1975. It is currently on view in the exhibition "Highlights from the Permanent Collection".

William Howard Robinson, (English, 1864–1941), "Lord Lonsdale", 1926, oil on canvas, 50 x 30 ¼ inches, Gift of Russell Arundel, 1975

Looking for a lovely outing to the Virginia Countryside? Middleburg is the place to go!
01/24/2023

Looking for a lovely outing to the Virginia Countryside? Middleburg is the place to go!

Announcing Fox Tales Story Time, in partnership with the Middleburg Public Library!Join us on the fourth Saturday of eac...
01/24/2023

Announcing Fox Tales Story Time, in partnership with the Middleburg Public Library!

Join us on the fourth Saturday of each month for Fox Tales Story Time, in partnership with the Middleburg Public Library. Gather the family and find a cozy spot in the NSLM's main reading room for a story hour that celebrates the story time tradition of Middleburg Library and the history and inspiration of the National Sporting Library and Museum. Free, all ages welcome.

Saturday, January 28, 2023
10:30am - 11:30am
Library Main Reading Room

more info: https://www.nationalsporting.org/index.php/nslm/event_details/1217/2023/01/28/

It's almost here time for the Sporting Bibliophiles Book Club Winter Meeting!Book: Horse by Geraldine BrooksThe Sporting...
01/23/2023

It's almost here time for the Sporting Bibliophiles Book Club Winter Meeting!

Book: Horse by Geraldine Brooks

The Sporting Bibliophiles Book Club is the National Sporting Library & Museum’s official Members Book Club. Join us as we dive between the pages of our favorite fiction books and engage in lively discussions with other sporting enthusiasts.

Peek through your local bookstore or public library to find this quarter’s chosen book, Horse by Geraldine Brooks, and come prepared with a cup of tea (or any cozy refreshment) to discuss your thoughts, ask questions, and enjoy the company of your fellow book club members.

Thursday, January 26, 2023
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Zoom

One week till the first Sunday Sketch of 2023! Don't miss this FREE workshop, taught by award winning artist, Kim T. Ric...
01/22/2023

One week till the first Sunday Sketch of 2023! Don't miss this FREE workshop, taught by award winning artist, Kim T. Richards.

Join us this month for Sunday Sketch! There will be a 15-minute skill session from 2pm - 2:15pm that will be streamed on Facebook Live, and the in-person guided activity will start at 2:30pm.

Participation is free and all materials will be provided. All ages and abilities are welcome.

St. Bernards were originally bred and trained by the monks at the St. Bernard  Hospice in the Swiss Alps to carry loads ...
01/21/2023

St. Bernards were originally bred and trained by the monks at the St. Bernard Hospice in the Swiss Alps to carry loads and later to rescue travelers in distress. Barry, perhaps the most famous of the breed, is said to have rescued over 40 lost souls during his life between 1800–1814.

Earl was a creative and inventive artist who was not content to only capture a likeness in a portrait, but she would also enliven it in a way that would reflect the breed’s traditions and abilities. Here, she placed her subject in a snowstorm and added the title to suggest an imminent snowbound rescue.

The St. Bernard depicted, however, was not a rescue dog but was “Frandley Stephanie,” a successful English show dog exemplifying the breed standards of the 1890s. Of note, she was not painted with the now iconic keg of spirits around her neck. Landseer created the first striking depiction of these legendary rescue dogs over 75 years earlier in his 1820 magnum opus, "Alpine Mastiffs Reanimating a Distressed Traveler." It shows two rescue dogs, one with a keg, hanging off its collar, attempting to revive a man in the snow. St. Bernards and other Swiss mountain rescue breeds were often sent out in pairs; one carrying bread and the other with a gourd or flask of wine or similar libation, and a blanket.

Maud Earl (British, 1864–1943), I Hear a Voice (detail), 1896, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches, On Loan from American Kennel Club.

Barrel Dog Collar, n.d., wood, metal, and leather, 8 x 4 3/4 inches

Painting and collar are in Identity & Restraint: Art of the Dog Collar, until view March 26.

We are excited to announce that on Saturday, March 25, 2023 the NSLM’s very own George L. Ohrstrom Jr. Deputy Director a...
01/20/2023

We are excited to announce that on Saturday, March 25, 2023 the NSLM’s very own George L. Ohrstrom Jr. Deputy Director and Curator, Claudia Pfeiffer will be leading a seed bead dog collar workshop inspired by the elegant blue beaded dog collar featured in our most recent exhibition, Identity and Restraint: The Art of the Dog Collar at the NSLM.

After touring the exhibition, learn the skills to follow a beading chart and make a collar just like this one!

All supplies will be provided as well as a packed lunch. Workshop details will be posted on the event’s page on the NSLM website shortly.

Identity & Restraint: Art of the Dog CollarOct 7, 2022 - Mar 26, 2023Museum Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pmSince ...
01/19/2023

Identity & Restraint: Art of the Dog Collar
Oct 7, 2022 - Mar 26, 2023
Museum Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm

Since before the dawn of history, we have forged a strong bond with dogs—from hunting companions to sporting breeds as well as faithful pets. The dog collar is a symbol of the evolving relationship between humans and canines. The variety of styles that has developed over time—among them intimidating spiked metal rings, utilitarian pieces, elaborately jeweled works of art, and leather finery—show how we tamed, bred, claimed, and came to love our dogs.

It's almost here time for the Sporting Bibliophiles Book Club Winter Meeting!Book: Horse by Geraldine BrooksThe Sporting...
01/17/2023

It's almost here time for the Sporting Bibliophiles Book Club Winter Meeting!

Book: Horse by Geraldine Brooks

The Sporting Bibliophiles Book Club is the National Sporting Library & Museum’s official Members Book Club. Join us as we dive between the pages of our favorite fiction books and engage in lively discussions with other sporting enthusiasts.

Peek through your local bookstore or public library to find this quarter’s chosen book, Horse by Geraldine Brooks, and come prepared with a cup of tea (or any cozy refreshment) to discuss your thoughts, ask questions, and enjoy the company of your fellow book club members.

Thursday, January 26, 2023
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Zoom
more info: https://www.nationalsporting.org/index.php/nslm/event_details/1200/

The next Sunday Sketch is only a couple of weeks away and we will have activities for even the littlest of artists who a...
01/15/2023

The next Sunday Sketch is only a couple of weeks away and we will have activities for even the littlest of artists who attend! Our workshop is FREE and open to the public, all ages and abilities are welcome. All materials are provided. Children are welcome to sketch with their caregiver or explore some of our children's activities in the children's area.

Sunday Sketch: Kim T. Richards
Sunday, January 29, 2023
2:30pm - 4:00pm

There will be a 15-minute skill session from 2pm - 2:15pm that will be streamed on Facebook Live, and the in-person guided activity will start at 2:30pm. Participation is free and all materials will be provided.

Kim T. Richards

Two weeks till our first Fox Tales Story Time!Join us on the fourth Saturday of each month for Fox Tales Story Time, in ...
01/14/2023

Two weeks till our first Fox Tales Story Time!

Join us on the fourth Saturday of each month for Fox Tales Story Time, in partnership with the Middleburg Public Library. Gather the family and find a cozy spot in the NSLM's main reading room for a story hour that celebrates the story time tradition of Middleburg Library and the history and inspiration of the National Sporting Library and Museum. Free, all ages welcome.

Saturday, January 28, 2023
10:30am - 11:30am
Library Main Reading Room

more info: https://www.nationalsporting.org/index.php/nslm/event_details/1217/2023/01/28/

Are you interested in learning more about our programs and exhibitions? Then signup for our newsletter! Our once weekly ...
01/13/2023
Drawing Covert Secretariat Edition plus New Events for 2023

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It's Throwback Thursday! Our Permanent Collection is a changing display of paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and obj...
01/12/2023
Highlights from the Permanent Collection

It's Throwback Thursday!

Our Permanent Collection is a changing display of paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and objects from the National Sporting Library & Museum's Permanent Collection is presented in the Museum opened in 2011. The collection is installed in the historic wing of the Museum which was originally a Federal house built in 1804 called "Vine Hill." The NSLM's art collection continues to grow as a result of the Felicia Warburg Rogan Sporting Art Initiative, Mrs. Rogan's generous donation of prominent British paintings in 2008, and other significant donations and bequests. Below, please enjoy a 360° virtual tour of highlights from summer 2020.

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Though the galleries that feature our permanent collection changes frequently, this virtual tour shows what was on view as of spring 2020. The first gallery highlights our 2019 acquisitions before continuing into the rest of the exhibition. A visitor favorite, Ralla, is on view, as is the silver coa...

You know what’s fun? Finding more equine artwork related to the Sporting Bibliophiles Winter selection, "Horse", by Gera...
01/11/2023

You know what’s fun? Finding more equine artwork related to the Sporting Bibliophiles Winter selection, "Horse", by Geraldine Brooks in our collections. As it turns out the F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room in the Library has 22 hand coloured prints, one of which is the famous horse Lexington.

The Sporting Bibliophiles Book Club is the National Sporting Library & Museum’s official Members Book Club. Join us as we dive between the pages of our favorite fiction books and engage in lively discussions with other sporting enthusiasts.

Our next meeting is Thursday, January 26, 2023, from 6:00pm - 7:00pm. See link below for more information and registration.
ZoomMeetinghttps://www.nationalsporting.org/index.php/nslm/event_details/1200/

The Gosden Head, after Edward Troye, Lexington from Twenty hand-coloured prints after original paintings of famous American thoroughbreds, (New York: At the sign of the Gosden Head, 1932). Mezzotint on paper, 11 3/8 x 14 15/16 in. The National Sporting Library & Museum.

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Was it English Eclipse or American Eclipse in the running? The Engraving you show appears to be [English] Eclipse.
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IS THIS YOUR COACH MINUS THE FOOTMEN AND PASSENGERS! THE MYSTRY CONTINUES!
Thank you for a wonderful afternoon.
We enjoyed a trip to the Museum earlier this week during a visit to my daughter and son-in-law in The Plains. On the way out we were advised that Dr. Seuss' estate had recently published "The Horse Museum," a book for children featuring horse artworks much like those in the NSLM. My daughter and I found the book in the Library and enjoyed reading it side by side. Thanks for providing such pleasant facilities for families to enjoy together!
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