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Katherine Field is Senior Editor of the Philip de László Catalogue Raisonné and the British Sporting Art Packard Curator. She was invited to give the Paul Mellon Lecture at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond Virginia in November 2023. The Lecture is based on the exhibition 'Sir Alfred Munnings: A Life of His Own' and gave Katherine an opportunity to speak about her passion for Munnings and his art and to share images of his work some of which are not available for public viewing. Please follow the link below and enjoy a fabulous lecture.
Museum of the Horse. Tuxford.
The next scheduled talk will be held on 21st September at 2pm. It will be delivered by Sally Mitchell, owner and Director of the Museum of the Horse, Tuxford. Sally will talk about some of their interesting exhibits and the history of the museum
16th November 2023
The History of Women and Horse Sports
William Newton Sculptor
In converstion with Tim Cox
July 20th 2:00pm
Household Cavalry Coronation Year Exhibition
The Photographic artist RIPLEY has been commissioned this Coronation Year to represent the Household Cavalry. They will go on display during the July Festival in Newmarket at the National Horseracing Museum (NHRM) in Gallery 6
Ripley has created twelve large scale portraits. The imagery features soldiers from The Life Guards and the Blues and Royals mounted on their horses and posed on buildings throughout London, overlooking the capital from Trafalgar Square to Canary Wharf.
Ripley completed primary photography with the Household Cavalry at Hyde Park Barracks in 2017, the portraits then took a number of years to complete due to the complex nature in which they are composed in both the real world and in post-production.
The limited-edition prints are available to purchase and range from large, framed gallery pieces, a beautifully presented box set and smaller framed editions.
Ripley is donating 50% of the profits from upcoming exhibitions, events and private views to The Household Cavalry Foundation whose “Duty of Care” includes operational casualties, veterans serving officers and their dependents as well the Household Cavalry’s four centuries’ heritage and the welfare of their horses.
June 22nd 2:00pm
Charles Church - Sporting Artist in conversation with Tim Cox
The Painting John Holliday in Belvoir Wood by Charles Church has recently gone on display in Palace House. Charles will talk about this commission and discuss his approach to Sporting Art.
Charles Church is an internationally-renowned painter of horses, landscapes and country life. Born in 1970, he was brought up on the Northumbrian coast where he developed a keen eye for the horse from an early age and soon became a recognized talent as an equestrian artist. In his mid-twenties he was apprenticed to the American artist Charles H Cecil in Florence, learning to paint by “sight-size”; an understanding of movement adopted by Masters like Sir Joshua Reynolds and Velasquez dating back to the 17th century.
Charles’ work, therefore, displays an unrivalled confidence and mastery of draughtsmanship, colour and tone with a lyrical purity of style. Studying his subjects from life, en plein air, his paintings have a heightened sense of light and a natural flow about them that is coupled with a truth and spontaneity.
“Great British”, his latest exhibition on Cork Street, was a critically-acclaimed sell-out, prompting the then HRH Prince of Wales to describe Charles as “a very remarkable young artist with a unique sensitivity and profound understanding of his subject matter”. Arguably, Charles Church is the Alfred Munnings of our time.
Amongst other prestigious racing commissions, Charles has painted over thirty-seven Group or Grade 1 winners, including Arc de Triomphe winners Hurricane Run, Dylan Thomas and HH the Aga Khan’s Zarkava; the World Champion Goldikova; US Champion, Mineshaft; the Australian Champion Sire, Fastnet Rock; Grand National Winner Mr Frisk; Cheltenham Gold Cup Winners, Synchronised and Master Oats plus Pour Moi and Authorized, winners of the Epsom Derby.
May 25th :2:00pm
Katherine Field (BSAT Packard Curator)
Twentieth Century Sporting Art galleries at Palace House National Horseracing Museum
Katherine Field is the BSAT Curator. During the past few weeks she has masterminded a complete redisplay of the top floor of Palace House at National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket, creating four galleries dedicated to twentieth century sporting art.
The largest gallery gives space to the BSAT collection of paintings by Sir Alfred Munnings which with the addition of loans from The Munnings Art Museum and private collectors gives an introduction to the artists work. The display also reflects on Munnings' love of Horseracing and Newmarket. Another gallery focuses on images of twentieth century country pursuits and includes works by Lionel Edwards, Cecil Aldin and and a new acquisition by Gilbert Holliday. The final room showcases the BSAT rarely seen collection of John Skeaping drawings and pastels. Skeaping's sculptures can also be found across the Museum site and within Newmarket. The talk will be an excellent introduction to the new displays and an opportunity to ask questions.
27th April 2:00pm
Portraits of Dogs from Gainsborough to Hockney
Xavier Bray ( Director of Wallace Collection)
Portraits of Dogs: From Gainsborough to Hockney opens to the Public at the Wallace Collection tomorrow. We are very fortunate that Xavier Bray the Director and Curator of the exhibition is taking time out to speak. The exhibition has been has much reviewed in the National Press. The exhibition explores our devotion to four-legged friends across the centuries. Through carefully selected paintings, sculptures, drawings, works of art and even taxidermy, the exhibition highlights the unique bond between humans and their canine companions.
Dog portraiture developed as an artistic genre contemporaneously with its human counterpart – dogs are represented in the earliest cave paintings alongside humans – and it flourished, particularly in Britain, from the 17th century onwards. More than any other nationality perhaps, the British have both commissioned and collected portraits of dogs.
Bringing over 50 works of art to Hertford House, Portraits of Dogs presents a broad range of portraiture showing dogs in all their different shapes and sizes, with each painter or sculptor challenging themselves how best to represent mankind’s most faithful and fearless friend.
Painting Winners: Racehorse portraits from Flying Childers to Frankel
Racehorse portraits have been at the heart of sporting art since the late seventeenth century. Wootton, Seymour, Stubbs, Ferneley, Munnings and many more have memorialised champions and lesser animals for their owners. Flying Childers, Whistlejacket and Eclipse continue to be celebrated as works of art as well as racehorses. Others have lost their identity to appear in auction catalogues as ‘brown racehorse with jockey up’. This talk explores the history of racehorse portraiture and what these pictures can tell us about the development of racing over the centuries.
Tim Cox worked for nearly forty years in the media department of an advertising agency. In parallel he collected books and other printed material related to the worldwide history and organisation of thoroughbred horse racing and breeding. The collection of 18,000 books is now housed in a custom-built library. Tim is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the British Sporting Art Trust and co-author of The Heath and the Horse: A History of Newmarket Heath, a major study on the history of horseracing published in 2015.
16th February 2:00pm
From Pitch to Plinth
Since 2010 Chris Stride founder of the Sporting Statues Project has been recording the Sporting Statues of the World they have published several academic papers and magazine articles, and collected information on over 1000 statues. Chris Stride will talk about the project. Whether you agree that Sporting Statues are absolutely art, or not, it’s clear that they are an important part of our sporting heritage, and provide a permanent link to the UK’s sporting past for our communities and for generations of sports fans to come.
12th January 2:00pm
Charles Hunt : The Engraver
by John Hickman
Charles Hunt was one of the most skilled and prolific engravers of his day (1820-1880). He flourished during the boom period of the English sporting print when the British enthusiasm for field sports was at its height and the emerging middle classes wanted vigorous and colourful images of sports to decorate their walls. He produced print after the great artists of his day. Including Alken Herring Pollard and Hall
John Hickman great great great grandson of Charles Hunt began a collecting his ancestors works as a student. He was inspired by omission and inaccuracies to publish the definitive biography and collection of his works. A must for any sporting print collector.
Thursday 15th December 11:00am
Professor Anne Massey
Tom Carr :Sporting Painter
Thursday, October 6th 2:00pm
Dr Nathan Flis
New Light on Francis Barlow (1622–1704), Britain’s First Sporting Artist
Thursday 15th September 11:00am
Lucy Kemp-Welch : Her Private World
Thursday July 7th 11:00am
Dr Oliver Cox
Building a Sporting Art Collection: The 4th Marquess of Bute and the Bute Collection at Mount Stuart
Monday 6th June 11:00am
Katherine Field: Curator
Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) “A Life of his Own”
A tour of the exhibition at National Horseracing Museum
Thursday 7th April 11:00am
Early Impressions: Printed images of Cricket in Georgian England
Thursday 10th March 2:00 pm
Tour of the Sporting Art Displays at National Sporting Library &
Museum Middleburg, Virginia
Claudia Pfeiffer: Deputy Director & George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator
National Sporting Library & Museum
Thursday 17th February 11:00am
Glasgow Boy Artist Joseph Crawhall: A beautiful natural horseman and our champion jockey
Joanna Meacock: Curator (British Art) Glasgow Museums
Thursday 13th January 11:00am
Abe Bailey Collection.
Anna Tietze.: Curator Abe Bailey Collection
Thursday December 9th 11:00am
Sporting Art and George IV
Sally Goodsir: Curator Decorative Arts, Royal Collection Trust
Thursday October 21st 11:00am
Painting Games:– Sporting Art Highlights from the National Galleries of Scotland
Imogen Gibbon: Deputy Director and Chief Curator Portraiture
National Galleries of Scotland
Thursday September 16th 11:00am
Architectural History of Palace House Newmarket: - Latest Research
Thursday June 17th 11:00am
Sir Alfred Munnings: – Mansions, Parks and Lakes
Jenny Hand: Director: Munnings Art Museum
Thursday May 13th 11:00am
Sporting Talk: The Forgotten History of Everyday Speech
Alexandra (Sally) Fletcher: Packard Curator: NHRM
Thursday April 15th 11:00am
Lionel Edwards (1878-1966) Seen from the Saddle
8th March 2021:
Thoroughly Modern Meltonians
Dr Hannah Clark