A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Beginning in around 1700 and spanning more than 200 years, the enduring appeal and beauty of English country life is reflected in more than 80 paintings, including a special section devoted to the incomparable work of famed horse and animal painter George Stubbs (1724-1806).  

Often featuring specific portraits of beloved horses, dogs, and their owners, A Sporting Vision provides an in-depth immersion in the country pursuits that the Pittsburgh-born Paul Mellon loved. A Sporting Vision also touches on larger themes related to Enlightenment era scientific inquiry, class structure, industrialization, and the development of roadways and transportation.

A Sporting Vision is organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Major exhibition program support is provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the Allegheny Foundation.

 
Program Information

A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Dates: June 15, 2019 - September 8, 2019
Location: The Frick Art Museum
Admission:
Members - Free
Adult non-members $15
Senior/Student/Active-duty military $13
Youth 6–16 $8; Youth 5 and under - Free

Images:
George Stubbs (English, 1724–1806), Shark (or Sharke) with His Trainer Price, c. 1790s. Oil on canvas, 40 1/8"H x 50 1/8"W. Paul Mellon Collection, 99.94. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.

Sir Francis Grant, P.R.A. (English, 1803–1878), The Melton Hunt Going to Draw the Ram's Head Cover, Detail, 1839. Oil on canvas, 35 15/16"H x 60"W. Paul Mellon Collection, 85-494.I. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.

From the Galleries

Farm Scene in Winter, 1802, William Williams, oil on panel, Collection of Mr. Paul Mellon
Farm Scene in Winter, 1802, William Williams, oil on panel, Collection of Mr. Paul Mellon
After the Race, Cheltenham Saddling Paddock, ca. 1946, Sir Alfred Munnings, oil on canvas, Collection of Mr. Paul Mellon
After the Race, Cheltenham Saddling Paddock, ca. 1946, Sir Alfred Munnings, oil on canvas, Collection of Mr. Paul Mellon
Hyaena at Newmarket with one of Jenison Shafto's Stable-lads, ca. 1765-67, George Stubbs, oil on canvas, Collection of Mr. Paul Mellon
Hyaena at Newmarket with one of Jenison Shafto's Stable-lads, ca. 1765-67, George Stubbs, oil on canvas, Collection of Mr. Paul Mellon
The Final Lengths of the Race for the Doncaster Gold Cup, 1826, John Frederick Herring, Sr., oil on canvas (left) A Bay Horse, Possibly Leedes, Led by a Groom, ca. 1715, John Wootton, oil on canvas (right), Collection of Mr. Paul Mellon
The Final Lengths of the Race for the Doncaster Gold Cup, 1826, John Frederick Herring, Sr., oil on canvas (left) A Bay Horse, Possibly Leedes, Led by a Groom, ca. 1715, John Wootton, oil on canvas (right), Collection of Mr. Paul Mellon
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