National Sporting Library & Museum

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

The NSLM is proud to welcome researchers, scholars, and members of the community to explore our collections. For more information, visit www.nationalsporting.org.

Can you name this legendary horse? This Throwback Thursday photo was taken on March 2, 1991, at Rappahannock Races in Vi...
12/07/2023

Can you name this legendary horse? This Throwback Thursday photo was taken on March 2, 1991, at Rappahannock Races in Virginia. Bonus points if you can name the human in the photo too.

📸Credit:
Patricia Williams MacVeagh (American 1935-2014)
Color photograph from the Photo Collection of Patricia Williams MacVeagh.
Photo taken March 2, 1991, at the Rappahannock Races, Virginia.
The Photo Collection of Patricia Williams MacVeagh was donated to the National Sporting Library & Museum.

Did you know that Buccephalus is one of the oldest horses in our Library collection? See him and many others in our Libr...
12/06/2023

Did you know that Buccephalus is one of the oldest horses in our Library collection? See him and many others in our Library’s F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room.

Schedule your tour today! https://www.nationalsporting.org/index.php/nslm/learn_tours

Georg Simon Winter (1629-1701),
Georgii Simonis Winteri tractatio nova de re equaria complectens partes tres
(Nuremberg, for the heirs of Johann Andraee & Wolfgang Endter the younger, 1672). The Vladimir S. Littauer Collection.

"African Lions" by Wilhelm Kuhnert is just one of the heart-stopping pieces in "Survival of the Fittest: Envisioning the...
12/05/2023

"African Lions" by Wilhelm Kuhnert is just one of the heart-stopping pieces in "Survival of the Fittest: Envisioning the Wildlife and Wilderness with the Big Four, Masterworks from the Rijksmuseum Twenthe and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, edited by Adam Duncan Harris" on view at the NSLM until January 14, 2024.

https://www.nationalsporting.org/index.php/nslm/exhibition_details/1269

Kuhnert became a master at painting African animals such as lions, elephants, cape buffalo, and many varieties of antelope. Of all his subjects, he had a particular affinity for lions. This deep connection earned him the nickname "Lion-Kuhnert."

Today, some of the species Kuhnert observed are categorized by the International
Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as Vulnerable or Endangered, such as
the African lion and elephant. Tanzania is now home to significant preserves, like
Mount Kilimanjaro and Serengeti National Parks, where the remaining populations of
wildlife have the chance to survive.

Wilhelm Kuhnert was born on September 28, 1865, in the Prussian city of Oppeln, Upper Silesia, which is now part of Poland. He traveled less frequently than other members of the Big Four but journeyed farther afield and for longer periods.

Wilhelm Kuhnert (Germany, 1865-1926)
African Lions, c. 1911
Oil on Canvas, 64 x 50 inches
JKM Collection, National Museum of Wildlife Art

Which is your favorite Norman Thelwell cartoon? Today's Monday motivation comes from popular British cartoonist and illu...
12/04/2023

Which is your favorite Norman Thelwell cartoon?

Today's Monday motivation comes from popular British cartoonist and illustrator Norman Thelwell. His spot-on depiction of life through ponies and riders seems a worthy way to kick off this week and holiday season!

In 1952, Thelwell got his start as a contributor to the popular satirical magazine "Punch" to which he contributed more than 1,500 cartoons. Popularized by his sharp social comment, it remains timeless.

Credit: Norman Thelwell, "A Leg At Each Corner" published in Great Britain by Metheun & Co. Ltd. in 1968.

What is your absolute favorite horse book? According to some (our sources will remain nameless), these are the top 5 bes...
12/01/2023

What is your absolute favorite horse book?

According to some (our sources will remain nameless), these are the top 5 best horse books ever written:
1. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
2. Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
3. The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
4. King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian by Marguerite Henry
5. National Velvet by Enid Bagnold

In the spirit of the foxhunting season, we share with you a favorite from our permanent collection, "Portrait of Mrs. Wi...
11/29/2023

In the spirit of the foxhunting season, we share with you a favorite from our permanent collection, "Portrait of Mrs. William C. Langley Riding Aside on Sandown" by American artist and avid foxhunter, Franklin Brooke Voss. Voss came from a family of equestrians and grew up on Long Island in the midst of what was then prime foxhunting country. His father was a founder of the Rockaway Hunt Club on Long Island, and his uncle formed the Elkridge Hounds in Monkton, MD, so it is not surprising that Voss was a polo player, foxhunter, and horseman.

Several members of the Meadow Brook Hounds, the leading pack on Long Island, with whom Voss also subscribed, became his patrons and repeatedly commissioned works from him. Portrait of Mrs. William C. Langley Riding Aside on Sandown, 1921; Sandown, 1927; and Oh Girl, 1928 were all painted for Elida B. and William C. Langley, both members of the Meadow Brook.

Learn more about Franklin Brooke Voss: https://nslmblog.wordpress.com/2021/09/07/a-sportsmans-artist-franklin-brooke-voss/

Credit:
PORTRAIT OF MRS. WILLIAM C. LANGLEY, ASIDE ON SANDOWN, 1921
Franklin Brooke Voss (American, 1880-1953)
oil on canvas
28 x 36 inches
Gift of Mrs. Eleanor Langley Fletcher, 1962
B1984.21.1

Today is Giving Tuesday! This year, the National Sporting Library & Museum is kicking off our rewilding effort by raisin...
11/28/2023

Today is Giving Tuesday! This year, the National Sporting Library & Museum is kicking off our rewilding effort by raising funds to plant native grass on our campus. Help us bring Virginia wildlife home!

Give today and increase your impact.
https://www.nationalsporting.org/index.php/nslm/giving

Join us tomorrow at 10:30 am for another fun-filled Fox Tales Story Time in the NSLM Library. This program in Partnershi...
11/24/2023

Join us tomorrow at 10:30 am for another fun-filled Fox Tales Story Time in the NSLM Library. This program in Partnership with the Middleburg Public Library is free.

See you tomorrow!

Happy Thanksgiving! Cheers to a day well spent with family and friends. From the comfort of your home enjoy this book, a...
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving!
Cheers to a day well spent with family and friends. From the comfort of your home enjoy this book, and others like it, on the NSLM website's Internet Archives.

https://archive.org/details/randolph-caldecotts-last-graphic-pictures-1888/page/n71/mode/2up

Credit:
Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886): Randolph Caldecott's "Last Graphic Pictures"; 1888:
Published in 1888 in London by George Routledge & Sons
From the John H. and Martha Daniels Collection

Have friends or family in town this weekend? Bring them to the NSLM to see the exhibition everyone is talking about "Sur...
11/22/2023

Have friends or family in town this weekend? Bring them to the NSLM to see the exhibition everyone is talking about "Survival of the Fittest: Envisioning the Wildlife and Wilderness with the Big Four, Masterworks from the Rijksmuseum Twenthe and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, edited by Adam Duncan Harris". They won't be disappointed!

Learn more: https://www.nationalsporting.org/index.php/nslm/exhibition_details/1269

Credit: Carl Rungius (Germany, 1869–1959), Morning Mist (Harlow Triptych), c. 1930, Oil on Canvas, 47 x 79 1/2 in., JKM Collection ®, National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Giving Tuesday is November 28.Help us bring Virginia wildlife home!You’ve heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but...
11/21/2023

Giving Tuesday is November 28.

Help us bring Virginia wildlife home!

You’ve heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about Giving Tuesday? This Giving Tuesday, we will be kicking off our rewilding effort by raising funds to plant native grass on our campus. The decline of native grasslands in Northern Virginia has resulted in a steep decrease, or even disappearance, of grassland-associated fauna, such as Meadowlark and quail. By designing a wild landscape matrix, we can establish a haven for lost species to return home.

https://www.nationalsporting.org/index.php/nslm/giving

This is great!
11/20/2023

This is great!

Durrell Smith, is a nationally known artist, outdoor writer, dog handler, and podcaster. His podcast, The Sporting Life Notebook, recently featured the exhibit "Identity & Restraint: Art of the Dog Collar." The interview, with the exhibit's curator, Claudia Pfeiffer of the National Sporting Library & Museum, covered the concept and ex*****on of the exhibit now on display in the Elisabeth Ireland Poe Gallery at Pebble Hill Plantation. Yesterday, Smith visited Pebble Hill to view this exhibit. He is pictured with his favorite painting from the exhibit. "The Amsterdam Dog Market,” Abraham Hondius, 1671-1672. On loan from the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog. Gift of Robert A. Flanders to Honor the Memory of Walter F. Goodman. You may view the exhibit Tuesday-Saturday between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

We're jumping into the weekend with this blast from the past! This incredible photo features Phillip Dutton and his hors...
11/17/2023

We're jumping into the weekend with this blast from the past! This incredible photo features Phillip Dutton and his horse, Show of Heart. In 1999, this dynamic duo competed at the Morven Park Horse Trials (Advanced) in Leesburg, Virginia. Want to see more images like this one? Go to our internet archives: https://archive.org/details/phillip-dutton-and-horse-show-of-heart-1999

Image caption:
Patricia Williams MacVeagh (American 1935-2014),
Phillip Dutton and Show of Heart, 1999. Color photograph. Patricia Williams MacVeagh Photo Collection. Gift of Martha Kaufmann, 2018.

Have you seen the Teddy bear in our exhibition, "Theodore Roosevelt's Sporting Universe"? Have you ever wondered where t...
11/16/2023

Have you seen the Teddy bear in our exhibition, "Theodore Roosevelt's Sporting Universe"? Have you ever wondered where the name "Teddy bear" originated?

Nothing could have prepared Roosevelt for the scrutiny/ spotlight that accompanied the presidency. The physical, mental, and moral demands of the Oval Office, threw Roosevelt’s past work and life balance into a state of convulsion. At the invitation of the Governor of Mississippi, Roosevelt traveled there and participated in a hunt. Knowing of Roosevelt’s desire to acquire a bear trophy, the hunting party found a black bear, clubbed it over the head, and tied it to a tree. Roosevelt was brought to the bear’s location and asked to kill it. Deeming the situation unsportsmanlike, Roosevelt refused. News of that decision quickly made its way to The Washington Post political cartoonist Clifford Berryman, whose comic of the event created a national sensation.

Inspired by the cartoon, Brooklyn, New York, shopkeeper Morris Michtom and his wife Rose created a stuffed fabric bear in honor of America’s 26th commander-in-chief and displayed it in their shop window with a sign, “Teddy’s bear,” where it became an instant hit!

Learn more!
https://www.nationalsporting.org/index.php/nslm/exhibition_details/1318

Credit:
Clifford Berryman (American, 1869–1949)
“Drawing the Line in Mississippi”
The Washington Post, November 16, 1902

Read what Southern Living has to say about Middleburg and the National Sporting Library & Museum in "11 Best Weekend Get...
11/14/2023

Read what Southern Living has to say about Middleburg and the National Sporting Library & Museum in "11 Best Weekend Getaways In Virginia For Every Type Of Traveler"
By Madeline Weinfield, published on November 9, 2023.

Whether you head to Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Mountains, or a Virginia winery, these weekend getaways in Virginia offer something for everyone to explore.

Today, we thank all our Veterans for their service. In 1942, Ogden Minton Pleissner joined the Army Air Force as a war a...
11/11/2023

Today, we thank all our Veterans for their service. In 1942, Ogden Minton Pleissner joined the Army Air Force as a war artist and went to the Aleutian Islands off Alaska, where the damp, cold conditions obliged him to work in watercolors. Until then, many of his works were executed in oil, but as a result of his wartime experience, watercolors became his preferred medium.

Ogden Pleissner in military uniform [photograph]. Peter A. Juley & Son, photographic firm. Juley, Paul, 1890-1975, photographer. Black-and-white study print (8x10). Orig. negative: 8x10, Safety, BW. Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum [digital: image number: J0076475]

Ogden Minton Pleissner (American, 1905–1983), "Fisherman on the George Pool," 20th century, watercolor on paper, 18 x 28 inches, National Sporting Library & Museum, Gift from a Private Collection, 2020

Enjoy this podcast discussion by Durrell Smith with the NSLM's Claudia Pfeiffer, George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Deputy Director...
11/10/2023

Enjoy this podcast discussion by Durrell Smith with the NSLM's Claudia Pfeiffer, George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Deputy Director & Head Curator about her exhibition “Identity & Restraint: Art of the Dog Collar” at Pebble Hill Plantation. Listen as Claudia describes the experience of installing an exhibition at Pebble Hill Plantation as a "kid in a candy store" due to the gallery space's potential for creating unique vignettes and presentations.

https://open.spotify.com/episode/23aRjvKqC4nQjyWgjLIYJI

One of the "Big Four" artists, Richard Friese studied the Continental Tiger at the Berlin Zoological Garden in Germany. ...
11/08/2023

One of the "Big Four" artists, Richard Friese studied the Continental Tiger at the Berlin Zoological Garden in Germany. This is just one of the many incredibly brilliant paintings in our exhibition, "Survival of the Fittest: Envisioning the Wildlife and Wilderness with the Big Four, Masterworks from the Rijksmuseum Twenthe and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, edited by Adam Duncan Harris". The exhibition will be at the Museum until January 14, 2024—you don't want to miss it!

Richard Friese (Germany, 1854-1918), Tiger with Blackbuck, 1889, Oil on Canvas, 30.3 x 38.2 inches. Collection of the Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enshede, Netherlands.

Fall in love with the sage advice, on a variety of horse-related topics, provided by this whimsical book via, a series o...
11/07/2023

Fall in love with the sage advice, on a variety of horse-related topics, provided by this whimsical book via, a series of letters and illustrations. This edition deluxe is strictly limited to 150 numbered copies, of which our copy is number 108. Read it at the NSLM or online at:
https://archive.org/details/from-colonel-to-subaltern-1928/page/231/mode/thumb

Credit:
M.F. McTaggart (1874-1936), with illustrations by "The Wag of the Regiment," From Colonel to Subaltern: Some Keys for Horseowners, (London: Country Life Ltd; New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1928). Donated by Louis Gimbel from the Library of S. Stinor Gimbel, 2023.

Congratulations and thank you to Pam and Brad Ryder who purchased Artist in Residence, Madeleine Bunbury's "Rooster".
11/06/2023

Congratulations and thank you to Pam and Brad Ryder who purchased Artist in Residence, Madeleine Bunbury's "Rooster".

Thanks to The Chronicle Of The Horse for such an accurate account of our fabulous program with Madeleine Bunbury Art, Sn...
11/04/2023

Thanks to The Chronicle Of The Horse for such an accurate account of our fabulous program with Madeleine Bunbury Art, Snowden Clarke and, of course, the infamous equine model, Rooster!

“A pony walks into a library … ” Is it the foundation of a joke in need of a punch line? The start of a melatonin-induced dream? Or a captivating scene from the National Sporting Library & Museum’s Founders’ Room in Middleburg, Virginia?

Several members of the NSLM team traveled to Pebble Hill Plantation to open the “Identity & Restraint: Art of the Dog Co...
11/03/2023

Several members of the NSLM team traveled to Pebble Hill Plantation to open the “Identity & Restraint: Art of the Dog Collar” exhibition. The exhibition is curated by our Deputy Director & George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator, Claudia Pfeiffer. It is housed on the second floor of Pebble Hill's Main House and features an extensive collection of dog collars donated to the NSLM by Dr. Timothy Greenan. The innovative traveling exhibition was developed in partnership between the NSLM and The American Kennel Club (AKC) Museum of the Dog in New York, NY. We hope Pebble Hill enjoys it as much as we did!

https://www.timesenterprise.com/news/local_news/art-of-the-dog-collar-exhibit-opens-at-pebble-hill-plantation/article_4c941802-7a63-11ee-88c9-172773ca60a4.html

Today we welcomed to the NSLM our state-wide colleagues from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA): Dr. Sylvain Cordie...
11/02/2023

Today we welcomed to the NSLM our state-wide colleagues from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA): Dr. Sylvain Cordier, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art; Dr. Theresa Cunningham, the Assistant Curator for European Art and the Mellon Collections; Stacy Newport, Development Officer, and Sean Moreau. Joining them was Katherine Field, Curator of the British Sporting Art Trust. Good art, good books, great conversation, and future collaboration!

Happy Halloween! What could be spookier than "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"? Come take a peek at the NSLM!Detail from The...
10/31/2023

Happy Halloween! What could be spookier than "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"? Come take a peek at the NSLM!

Detail from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (1783-1859); illustrated by Arthur Rackham. (c. 1990)

10/30/2023

Lauren Kraut, Sr. Collections Manager and Registrar at the National Sporting Library & Museum, is seen here holding her favorite dog collar from the "Identity & Restraint: Art of the Dog Collar" exhibition, which opens here November 3rd. The collar is from the 18th century and was worn by a bull mastiff. It is Indian, possibly Goan, and made of horsehide leather, with brass mounds and agate cabochons, it is 11 by 3 inches. It is part of a vast collection of antique and vintage dog collars donated to National Sporting Library and Museum, by Dr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Greenan. The exhibit is a visual journey that explores the relationship between man and dog through dog collars, paintings, and sculpture. Join us Friday morning at 10 a.m. to tour the exhibit with its Curator, Claudia Pfeiffer (of the NSLM) and Alan Fausel (American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog). Visit https://pebblehill.com/ for more information.

Did you miss our program "Theodore Roosevelt’s Sporting Universe: A Discussion with Tweed Roosevelt at the NSLM"? Watch ...
10/26/2023

Did you miss our program "Theodore Roosevelt’s Sporting Universe: A Discussion with Tweed Roosevelt at the NSLM"? Watch it now on our YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0PqdFOGoIA

Photo credit: Nancy Milburn Kleck
Nancy Kleck

We are honored to have Madeleine Bunbury painting Snowden Clarke’s Rooster all week in our Founders’ Room. She’s making ...
10/24/2023

We are honored to have Madeleine Bunbury painting Snowden Clarke’s Rooster all week in our Founders’ Room. She’s making incredible progress. Please join us from 11am-noon and 1-2pm until Friday. Madeleine will also teach our Sunday Sketch! Sunday Sketch with Madeleine Bunbury Madeleine Bunbury Art

Escape to the quiet comfort of the Library. Did you know that we have more than 20,000 titles and many different places—...
10/19/2023

Escape to the quiet comfort of the Library. Did you know that we have more than 20,000 titles and many different places—from plush reading nooks to expansive tables—to enjoy our sporting life books? The Library is open Thursday-Sunday from 10am-5pm. Interested in rare books? Make an appointment to book an exclusive tour of our expansive Rare Book Room.

https://nationalsporting.org/

It's a page-turner! That's what can be said of the National Sporting Library & Museum’s newest show: Theodore Roosevelt’...
10/18/2023

It's a page-turner! That's what can be said of the National Sporting Library & Museum’s newest show: Theodore Roosevelt’s Sporting Universe. Currently, on display in the Library’s Forrest E. Mars, Sr. Exhibit Hall is an intimate show that highlights texts from the NSLM’s F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room, which are connected to sportsman and naturalist Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (1858–1919).

Read more about it in this week's Drawing Covert blog:
https://nslmblog.wordpress.com/2023/10/17/week-by-week/

Visit us! The Library is free and open to the public Thursday–Sunday, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM; or by appointment Monday–Wednesday.

In his 63 years, German artist Richard Friese traveled frequently. His longer trips included an 1898 voyage to study pol...
10/17/2023

In his 63 years, German artist Richard Friese traveled frequently. His longer trips included an 1898 voyage to study polar bears on the Svalbard archipelago in the North Sea. This painting truly transports the viewer to the remote Norwegian locale depicted. "Survival of the Fittest: Envisioning the Wildlife and Wilderness with the Big Four, Masterworks from the Rijksmuseum Twenthe and the National Museum of Wildlife Art", edited by Adam Duncan Harris will be at the Museum until January 14, 2024. This exhibition is not to be missed!

Richard Friese (Germany, 1854 – 1918), Artic Wanderer, 1889, Oil on
canvas. 38 x 56 inches. JKM Collection, National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the NSLM tailgate at the Virginia Fall Races. The weather was good, the racing was g...
10/16/2023

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the NSLM tailgate at the Virginia Fall Races. The weather was good, the racing was great, but the company was best! Cheers!

10/16/2023

The Virginia Fall Races 2023 National Sporting Library & Museum Cup

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