“Zillah” in the Western World

You can you usually tell which artwork is among my favorites based on what greets visitors when they enter an exhibition at the National Sporting Library & Museum. Zillah by Charles Hamilton is currently on view at the entrance of Identity & Restraint: Art of the Dog Collar, flanked by two pierce-work brass dog collars. […]

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Endurance: 40 (+ 1) Years of the American Academy of Equine Art

On September 12, 1980, Alexander Mackay-Smith wrote in an editorial in The Chronicle of the Horse: There is presently no comparable organization for promoting the work of American artists whose subject matter is flat racing, steeplechasing, point-to-points, foxhunting, horse shows, combined training events, polo, and the like. The 77-year-old sporting and sporting art scholar and […]

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Recorded, Remembered, and Revered

I was excited to write about the addition to the National Sporting Library & Museum’s permanent collection of a painting by Henry Stull (American, 1851–1913), one of a generous gift of 16 works in 2020, currently on view in the Museum. I thought it would be a straightforward blog post announcing the work and sharing […]

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When opportunity knocks…

The old adage goes, “Opportunity knocks but once,” but sometimes it’s twice. Two-weekends ago we had the second opportunity to showcase the National Sporting Library & Museum at the Washington Winter Show (WWS). Each year they invite a museum to exhibit at American University’s Katzen Center in Washington, DC, during their charity antique show in […]

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