Welcome to our redesigned blog format! As we head into 2016, the blog looks a bit newer, but we’ll continue to write about all the wonderful objects in our collections. Today, we highlight one of the many items in the F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room that cross the boundary between art and books. Today’s highlight is an unbound, undated collection of 13 drawings in pencil and watercolor by sporting artist Robert Ball (1890-1975).
Ball’s illustrations can be found in several sporting books published by the Derrydale Press. He also drew the iconic masthead and cover illustration that adorned the Chronicle of the Horse for decades.
These drawings, collected by John Daniels, are tipped into a folder and protected in a clamshell box. Daniels was a meticulous record-keeper, a habit that often provides moments of insight into how his books were collected. A note in the box identifies this collection as a birthday gift from his wife, Martha, in 1993.
I am very pleased to announce the arrival of three new additions to the collections here at the NSLM. (Those of you who were here for our first Open Late concert got a sneak preview!) We had to wait quite a while to complete the installations – first for some landscaping and facility projects to be finished and then for the seemingly never-ending winter to end. But now that spring has sprung – so have our new sculptures!
We are grateful to the generous donors who gifted these lovely works to the permanent collection. Thanks are also due to the staff who helped make the installations possible. We installed the sculptures with the safety of our visitors and the safety of the artwork in mind.
Here is the roster of the newest outdoor works, who will welcome you to campus on your next visit.
This charming little filly, reaching to nibble at an itch, is number 2 of 5 casts by Jean Clagett. This piece was commissioned by donor Jacqueline B. Mars from the Virginia based artist, specifically for the NSLM. For any of you lucky enough to go to the Rolex 3-Day event at the Kentucky Horse Park this year, you would have seen another sculpture by Clagett – a life-size bronze of Olympian Bruce Davidson aboard his champion event horse, Eagle Lion.
Artist J. Clayton Bright is based in Pennsylvania. He is a sculptor, as well as a painter, who is best known for his animal subjects, like this life-size fox. Learn more about his process for creating bronze sculptures here (his studio website features a great slide show explaining the process for the “lost wax method”).
English artist Rupert Till has been working with wire for over 20 years. He started out sculpting steel wire (chicken wire) and now also works with bronze and copper. The figures he creates out of this surprisingly versatile medium are full of character, movement, and expression. Check out some of his other works here. This wire sculpture was generously donated by Reverend Elijah White, in memory of his late wife, Anita Graf White, who was a former M.F.H. of the Loudoun Hunt.
We’ll be adding some outdoor labels for these new sculptures soon. Now that nice weather is here, we hope you will come visit and enjoy the new outdoor installations!