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British Sporting Art Trust
Our Aim is to promote and preserve the long tradition of sporting art in this country 

We are enthusiastic about all aspects of sporting art: from traditional rural sports to modern team sports; fine art to decorative work; paintings to photography; 16th century to comtemporary; well-known artists such as George Stubbs and Munnings to the lesser known.

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We want to bring everybody together who shares our enthusiasm
We want to see more sporting art on public display
We want to learn more by encouraging research into sporting art






Forthcoming Events

Sporting Art Talk: 18th March 

11: 00am
The Thoroughly Modern Meltonian:

Re-evaluating 'Traditional' Depictions of Early Nineteenth-Century Fox Hunting in the Historic Hunting Capital of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.
via Zoom 
By Dr Hannah Clark 

Register in advance for this webinar:
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This 20 minute illustrated talk will  look at the traditional interpretations of early nineteenth-century depictions of fox-hunting in the sporting capital of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Rather than depicting a timeless and unchanging sport, it argues that artists such as Henry Alken were in fact recording a highly contemporary and modern activity which highlighted new ideas of athleticism, fashionability and masculinity. 
 

BSAT Exhibition
Lionel Edwards 1878-1966 
Seen From the Saddle
13th April -1st May

Osborne Studio Gallery
2 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JU

The BSAT are delighted to present the first major exhibition of Lionel Edwards' work since 1986. It opens on the 55th anniversary of his death. The pictures are loaned from private collections and include many works not previously exhibited or published.

The exhibited pictures span his entire career and show the full breadth of his expertise in subjects related to the horse, the countryside and historical subjects. Early illustrations for periodicals like Country Life, The Sphere and The Graphic were the foundations on which he built his reputation and ensured his livelihood when commissions were scarce in the First and Second World Wars. His vivid imagination furnished work for dozens of books and his illustrations for children’s books such as Black Beauty, the Maltese Cat and Moorland Mousie were hugely popular.

 

 



 

The British Sporting Art Trust is a partner charity of the National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket. Our Collection is on display in the remains of Charles II Royal Palace in Newmarket along side significant loans from Tate Gallery and our National and private lenders. Our members support The Fred Packard Galleries at NHRM and the Packard Curator. 

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Explore sporting art with the British Sporting Art Trust.

The British Sporting Art collection is broad and diverse, gathering paintings, books and artefacts from the world of sporting art in Britain.

Much of the collection can be seen at our home in the National Centre of Horseracing and Sporting Art in Newmarket, and the library can be consulted by arrangement with the curators.