National Sporting Library & Museum

National Sporting Library & Museum Jean Clagett (American, b. 1945) "Darn That Itch," 2014, bronze, 31 1/2 x 36 x 23 inches, Gift of Jacqueline B. Mars, 2013 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 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.

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Happy Birthday to Jean Bowman!On #ThisDayInSprotingHistory, 1917, artist Jean Bowman was born. Bowman was a prolific pai...
09/27/2021

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

Learn tips and tricks for botanical drawing with artist Hilary White this Sunday from 2pm - 4pm. Explore the NSLM ground...
09/24/2021

Learn tips and tricks for botanical drawing with artist Hilary White this Sunday from 2pm - 4pm. Explore the NSLM grounds in search of seed pods, fungi, and leaves to sketch.

All ages and abilities are welcome and supplies provided. Sunday Sketch is a free program. Drop by or let us know you are coming at [email protected]

Learn tips and tricks for botanical drawing with artist Hilary White this Sunday from 2pm - 4pm. Explore the NSLM grounds in search of seed pods, fungi, and leaves to sketch.

All ages and abilities are welcome and supplies provided. Sunday Sketch is a free program. Drop by or let us know you are coming at [email protected]

"Tucker Smith: A Celebration of Nature" closed on August 22 and was one of the largest exhibitions held here, taking up ...
09/24/2021

"Tucker Smith: A Celebration of Nature" closed on August 22 and was one of the largest exhibitions held here, taking up six galleries. The next exhibition, "2020 Hindsight: 40 Years of the American Academy of Equine Art, is scheduled to open November 12." What do we do for those two months between large exhibitions? We create smaller pop-up exhibitions. This time around features a little museum “behind the scenes...”

Sr. Collections Manager & Registrar Lauren K. talks about some of the highlights visitors can expect to see at the Museum over the next few weeks in this week's blog post!

Read on at: https://nslmblog.wordpress.com/2021/09/21/coming-soon-behind-the-scenes-and-on-display/

"Tucker Smith: A Celebration of Nature" closed on August 22 and was one of the largest exhibitions held here, taking up six galleries. The next exhibition, "2020 Hindsight: 40 Years of the American Academy of Equine Art, is scheduled to open November 12." What do we do for those two months between large exhibitions? We create smaller pop-up exhibitions. This time around features a little museum “behind the scenes...”

Sr. Collections Manager & Registrar Lauren K. talks about some of the highlights visitors can expect to see at the Museum over the next few weeks in this week's blog post!

Read on at: https://nslmblog.wordpress.com/2021/09/21/coming-soon-behind-the-scenes-and-on-display/

This #ThrowbackThursday, we're looking back at our own history.From 1954-2010, we were merely the National Sporting Libr...
09/23/2021

This #ThrowbackThursday, we're looking back at our own history.

From 1954-2010, we were merely the National Sporting Library, or NSL. With a growing collection of art, supporters decided it was time to establish a fine art museum, and the historic Vine Hill house was renovated and expanded. The Museum opened in 2011 and the NSL became the NSLM. We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Museum soon!

Pictured here is Vine Hill in 2007, with Tessa Pullan's "Civil War Horse" in front. The Library building is out of frame to the left.

This #ThrowbackThursday, we're looking back at our own history.

From 1954-2010, we were merely the National Sporting Library, or NSL. With a growing collection of art, supporters decided it was time to establish a fine art museum, and the historic Vine Hill house was renovated and expanded. The Museum opened in 2011 and the NSL became the NSLM. We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Museum soon!

Pictured here is Vine Hill in 2007, with Tessa Pullan's "Civil War Horse" in front. The Library building is out of frame to the left.

Who's excited for Sunday Sketch this weekend?Don't forget, admission to the Museum is free during the class!
09/22/2021

Who's excited for Sunday Sketch this weekend?

Don't forget, admission to the Museum is free during the class!

Who's excited for Sunday Sketch this weekend?

Don't forget, admission to the Museum is free during the class!

Happy first day of autumn!We all know what that means... foxhunting season isn't far away!Michael Lyne (English, 1912-19...
09/22/2021

Happy first day of autumn!

We all know what that means... foxhunting season isn't far away!

Michael Lyne (English, 1912-1989), "Frederick M. Warburg with Middleburg Hunt at Goose Creek," 1950, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches, Gift of Mrs. Felicia Warburg Rogan, 2008

Happy first day of autumn!

We all know what that means... foxhunting season isn't far away!

Michael Lyne (English, 1912-1989), "Frederick M. Warburg with Middleburg Hunt at Goose Creek," 1950, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches, Gift of Mrs. Felicia Warburg Rogan, 2008

Photos from National Sporting Library & Museum's post
09/21/2021

Photos from National Sporting Library & Museum's post

We are excited to host our next roundtable discussion, "Mythbusting Lawn Jockeys: Untangling History from Lore" on Octob...
09/16/2021

We are excited to host our next roundtable discussion, "Mythbusting Lawn Jockeys: Untangling History from Lore" on October 7th.

Join us at the Library for an evening of mythbusting with Carol Grissom, Senior Objects Conservator at the Smithsonian Institution and author of "Zinc Sculpture in America: 1850 to 1950;" Professor Kenneth Goings, Professor Emeritus in the Department of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University and author of "Mammy and Uncle Moses: Black Collectibles and American Stereotyping;" Mary Thompson, Research Historian at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon and author of “'The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret': George Washington, slavery, and the Enslaved Community at Mount Vernon;" and moderator Claudia Pfeiffer, the Deputy Director & George L. Orhstrom Jr., Curator at the NSLM.

Virtual and in-person attendance available. Visit our website to sign-up.

We are excited to host our next roundtable discussion, "Mythbusting Lawn Jockeys: Untangling History from Lore" on October 7th.

Join us at the Library for an evening of mythbusting with Carol Grissom, Senior Objects Conservator at the Smithsonian Institution and author of "Zinc Sculpture in America: 1850 to 1950;" Professor Kenneth Goings, Professor Emeritus in the Department of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University and author of "Mammy and Uncle Moses: Black Collectibles and American Stereotyping;" Mary Thompson, Research Historian at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon and author of “'The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret': George Washington, slavery, and the Enslaved Community at Mount Vernon;" and moderator Claudia Pfeiffer, the Deputy Director & George L. Orhstrom Jr., Curator at the NSLM.

Virtual and in-person attendance available. Visit our website to sign-up.

Gorgeous day for some polo! Everyone is busy getting ready for the 2021 NSLM Polo Classic presented by Mars Equestrian a...
09/12/2021

Gorgeous day for some polo! Everyone is busy getting ready for the 2021 NSLM Polo Classic presented by Mars Equestrian at Great Meadow Foundation

Keep an eye on our Insta story throughout the day for highlights and live updates!

Gorgeous day for some polo! Everyone is busy getting ready for the 2021 NSLM Polo Classic presented by Mars Equestrian at Great Meadow Foundation

Keep an eye on our Insta story throughout the day for highlights and live updates!

Trophies are polished and ready for Sunday!The NSLM Polo Classic trophies, including the Founders Cup and Mars Cup, are ...
09/09/2021

Trophies are polished and ready for Sunday!

The NSLM Polo Classic trophies, including the Founders Cup and Mars Cup, are active, meaning they are still awarded. Each year the winner's name is engraved on a plate at the bottom. The NSLM has a large collection of active trophies for many events. The rest of the year they are proudly on view in the Library.

For the first time in NSLM history, we are excited to announce a Silent Auction to accompany the 2021 Polo Classic prese...
09/08/2021
Polo Classic Silent Auction by National Sporting Library & Museum

For the first time in NSLM history, we are excited to announce a Silent Auction to accompany the 2021 Polo Classic presented by Mars Equestrian!

Online bidding is now open, and will close Sunday, September 12 at Midnight. In-person bidding will be available for Founders' Pavilion ticket holders the day of the event.

Available items include a Partridge Shooting Experience in Spain with, a weekend at the World Equestrian Center with Lugano Diamonds, a VIP experience at the World Snow Polo Championship, and more!

The NSLM Polo Classic Committee is thrilled to announce that a silent auction will be held online and in-person. Bidding opens on Tuesday, September 7 online and closes at midnight on Sunday, September 12. Guests of the Founder's Pavilion are also able to bid in person at the event. As our sole fund...

"Franklin Brooke Voss counted among his patrons a “Who’s Who” of some of the most successful and affluent people in the ...
09/07/2021

"Franklin Brooke Voss counted among his patrons a “Who’s Who” of some of the most successful and affluent people in the United States in the early-to mid-20th century, including the likes of John Hay Whitney, J. Watson Webb, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Alfred Vanderbilt, Walter Jeffords, F. Ambrose Clark, and Emily T. duPont. These patrons, however, had something other than wealth in common. They were all equestrians in a golden age of turf and field sports, and just as importantly, they were supporters of the arts..."

Deputy Director and George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator Claudia P. dives into the life and career of Franklin Brooke Voss in this week's blog post.

https://nslmblog.wordpress.com/2021/09/07/a-sportsmans-artist-franklin-brooke-voss/

"Franklin Brooke Voss counted among his patrons a “Who’s Who” of some of the most successful and affluent people in the United States in the early-to mid-20th century, including the likes of John Hay Whitney, J. Watson Webb, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Alfred Vanderbilt, Walter Jeffords, F. Ambrose Clark, and Emily T. duPont. These patrons, however, had something other than wealth in common. They were all equestrians in a golden age of turf and field sports, and just as importantly, they were supporters of the arts..."

Deputy Director and George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator Claudia P. dives into the life and career of Franklin Brooke Voss in this week's blog post.

https://nslmblog.wordpress.com/2021/09/07/a-sportsmans-artist-franklin-brooke-voss/

Happy Labor Day!We hope everyone enjoys their long weekend!"Horse Pull, Martha's Vineyard" 1970, photograph, 5 x 7 inche...
09/06/2021

Happy Labor Day!

We hope everyone enjoys their long weekend!

"Horse Pull, Martha's Vineyard" 1970, photograph, 5 x 7 inches, Judith and Jo Tartt Photography Collection, 2018

Happy Labor Day!

We hope everyone enjoys their long weekend!

"Horse Pull, Martha's Vineyard" 1970, photograph, 5 x 7 inches, Judith and Jo Tartt Photography Collection, 2018

Looks like our bunny friend came to visit Sea Hero!
09/03/2021

Looks like our bunny friend came to visit Sea Hero!

Looks like our bunny friend came to visit Sea Hero!

Here's something you don't see every day... a man riding sidesaddle!"Man Riding Aside, c. 1900" 1900, photograph, 12 5/8...
09/01/2021

Here's something you don't see every day... a man riding sidesaddle!

"Man Riding Aside, c. 1900" 1900, photograph, 12 5/8 x 10 inches, Judith and Jo Tartt Photography Collection, 2018

Here's something you don't see every day... a man riding sidesaddle!

"Man Riding Aside, c. 1900" 1900, photograph, 12 5/8 x 10 inches, Judith and Jo Tartt Photography Collection, 2018

Sketch and sketch often with artist Barbara Sharp this Sunday! Practice focusing your attention on the interior of a roo...
08/28/2021

Sketch and sketch often with artist Barbara Sharp this Sunday!

Practice focusing your attention on the interior of a room with a sketching class inside the Library.
All supplies are provided. This program is free and open to all ages and levels. Museum admission is also free on August 29th!

2pm-4pm

Drop in or RSVP to [email protected]

Sketch and sketch often with artist Barbara Sharp this Sunday!

Practice focusing your attention on the interior of a room with a sketching class inside the Library.
All supplies are provided. This program is free and open to all ages and levels. Museum admission is also free on August 29th!

2pm-4pm

Drop in or RSVP to [email protected]

The scavenger hunt maps for tonight's Open Late concert are now available on-line! Print one out and bring it with you!M...
08/27/2021
National Sporting Library & Museum

The scavenger hunt maps for tonight's Open Late concert are now available on-line! Print one out and bring it with you!

Maps will also be available to pick-up from the Museum front desk or the welcome table at the concert. Enjoy!

Explore the NSLM anywhere with educational resources that you can use at home or in the classroom. Download NSLM Permanent Collection coloring pages, watch how-to videos for art projects to try at home, take a virtual tour of the Museum, and more.

"The first and last time I rode a horse Bill Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush for the presidency, Hurricane Andrew ripp...
08/26/2021

"The first and last time I rode a horse Bill Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush for the presidency, Hurricane Andrew ripped through Florida, and Disney’s Aladdin was in theaters. It’s been a while. Cynthia is an avid rider and her horse, Saint, is used to newbies and is an overall good boy. The perfect pair for my first time out since Bush 41 left office..."

Sr. Collections Manager & Registrar Lauren K. reflects on her first time riding a horse in this week's blog post on Drawing Covert

https://nslmblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/24/never-have-i-everridden-a-horse-as-an-adult/

"The first and last time I rode a horse Bill Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush for the presidency, Hurricane Andrew ripped through Florida, and Disney’s Aladdin was in theaters. It’s been a while. Cynthia is an avid rider and her horse, Saint, is used to newbies and is an overall good boy. The perfect pair for my first time out since Bush 41 left office..."

Sr. Collections Manager & Registrar Lauren K. reflects on her first time riding a horse in this week's blog post on Drawing Covert

https://nslmblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/24/never-have-i-everridden-a-horse-as-an-adult/

Have you ever wanted to ride in a steeplechase?Try it out on Friday at Open Late! We'll have our awesome photo stations ...
08/25/2021

Have you ever wanted to ride in a steeplechase?

Try it out on Friday at Open Late! We'll have our awesome photo stations set-up again!

Share your photos with us!
Insta: @NationalSportingLM, or #NSLM or #OpenLateConcert

Cecil Aldin (English, 1870-1935) "The Grand National Scenes: Valentine’s Brook" (detail), 1823, photogravure, 13 x 25 inches, Gift of Dr. Laura Jane Schrock, 1996

Have you ever wanted to ride in a steeplechase?

Try it out on Friday at Open Late! We'll have our awesome photo stations set-up again!

Share your photos with us!
Insta: @NationalSportingLM, or #NSLM or #OpenLateConcert

Cecil Aldin (English, 1870-1935) "The Grand National Scenes: Valentine’s Brook" (detail), 1823, photogravure, 13 x 25 inches, Gift of Dr. Laura Jane Schrock, 1996

Did you know you can access some of our archives online?Check out The Patricia Williams Macveigh Collection of photograp...
08/24/2021

Did you know you can access some of our archives online?

Check out The Patricia Williams Macveigh Collection of photographs or past NSLM and NSL newsletters from years past here: https://archive.org/details/@national_sporting_library_museum

Shown here: Betsy Bennet Standing with Horse, Seaworthy; 1949 from The Particia Williams MacVeigh Collection

Did you know you can access some of our archives online?

Check out The Patricia Williams Macveigh Collection of photographs or past NSLM and NSL newsletters from years past here: https://archive.org/details/@national_sporting_library_museum

Shown here: Betsy Bennet Standing with Horse, Seaworthy; 1949 from The Particia Williams MacVeigh Collection

08/23/2021

Thanks Mars Equestrian for hosting a great Great Meadow International !

We had a blast, congratulations to all the incredible athletes who competed this weekend!

🎣 Tomorrow is all about fly-tying with Master-Tier Jim Bensinger! 🎣There are just a few spots left for the Youth Fly-Cra...
08/20/2021

🎣 Tomorrow is all about fly-tying with Master-Tier Jim Bensinger! 🎣

There are just a few spots left for the Youth Fly-Crafting Workshop aged 8 and up and only 2 spots left for Craft Beer and Crafting Flies for 21 and over participants at @oldoxmiddleburg. Whether you are a novice to the craft or an experienced tier - all are welcome and supplies are provided!

Learn more and sign up here: https://bit.ly/3y4kImq

Recent acquisition spotlight!The Museum recently added to its collection "Secretariat," by Richard Stone Reeves, a portr...
08/20/2021

Recent acquisition spotlight!

The Museum recently added to its collection "Secretariat," by Richard Stone Reeves, a portrait commissioned by John Tweedy, husband of Penny Chenery, of the Triple Crown winner in 1973. Reeves completed three versions: two for Mr. Tweedy, and a third as a gift for his daughter Nina Reeves. Shown here is the third painting.

Richard Stone Reeves, (American, 1919-2005) "Secretariat," 1973, oil on canvas, 32 1/2 x 38 1/2 inches, framed, National Sporting Library & Museum, Gift of Nina S. Reeves, 2021

Recent acquisition spotlight!

The Museum recently added to its collection "Secretariat," by Richard Stone Reeves, a portrait commissioned by John Tweedy, husband of Penny Chenery, of the Triple Crown winner in 1973. Reeves completed three versions: two for Mr. Tweedy, and a third as a gift for his daughter Nina Reeves. Shown here is the third painting.

Richard Stone Reeves, (American, 1919-2005) "Secretariat," 1973, oil on canvas, 32 1/2 x 38 1/2 inches, framed, National Sporting Library & Museum, Gift of Nina S. Reeves, 2021

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Was it English Eclipse or American Eclipse in the running? The Engraving you show appears to be [English] Eclipse. Dr.J
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!
Love the morning sun glow on this- the bird on the pommel was a bonus :)
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