Happy Birthday to Jean Bowman!
On #ThisDayInSprotingHistory, 1917, artist Jean Bowman was born. Bowman was a prolific painter, well-known for her realistic portraits of horses in a variety of settings. She counted among her clientele Queen Elizabeth II, Paul Mellon, and NSLM co-founder George L. Ohrstrom, Jr.
Bowman was also a founding member of the American Academy of Equine Art. See her work, and the works of fellow founders and today's members, on view in "2020 Hindsight: 40 Years of the American Academy of Equine Art," opening November 11.
Jean Eleanor Bowman (American, 1917-1994), "Mongo on the Turf at Laurel Racetrack, Maryland with Charles Burr Up," 1964, oil on canvas, 36 1/2 x 44 1/2 inches, Gift of Jacqueline B. Mars, 2012
"Wise Ship," 1962, oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches, Gift of Grace Ritzenberg, 2017
"Spooky Joe and Miel d'Or, 1970," oil on canvas, 20 x 30 inches, Gift of Grace Ritzenberg, 2017
"Eglinton and Caledon Hunt with Major Charles Kindersley as M.F.H. and Richard Kindersley as Whipper in," 1963, oil on canvas, 27 1/4 x 43 1/2 inches, National Sporting Library & Museum, Gift of Lynne Kindersley Dole, 2019
“Walking Out in Winter,” 1969, oil on canvas, 22 x 30 1/4 inches, Private Collection, on long-term loan to the National Sporting Library & Museum