A Sporting Vision

The Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

A Sporting Vision: The 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.
Program Information

A Sporting Vision: The 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 $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, 401/8"H x 501/8"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, 3515/16"H x 60"W. Paul Mellon Collection, 85-494.I. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.

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