Exhibition | Catching Sight: The World of the British Sporting Print

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on May 16, 2014

From the VMFA:

Catching Sight: The World of the British Sporting Print
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 31 August 2013 — 13 July 2014

9781934351031_p0_v2_s600This exhibition sheds new light on a common, but often overlooked aspect of British art: the British sporting print. Highly sought after during the 18th and 19th centuries, these prints endure as symbols of English culture. Featuring more than 100 prints, Catching Sight demonstrates the aesthetic sophistication and accomplishments of the genre. The exhibition takes an innovative approach, examining these works of art from an art historical perspective rather than simply as documents of the history of sport and rural culture. Catching Sight demonstrates the qualities of directness, vividness, and even wit for which the genre was prized by both the larger public and artists such as Degas and Géricault, who borrowed extensively from its artistic vocabulary.

Mitchell Merling, with Malcolm Cormack and Corey Piper, Catching Sight: The World of the British Sporting Print (Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine
Arts, 2013), 112 pages, ISBN: 978-1934351031, $36.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue by Mitchell Merling, Paul Mellon Curator, with contributions from Malcolm Cormack, Paul Mellon Curator Emeritus, and Corey Piper, former Curatorial Associate for the Mellon Collection.

Catalogue cover: Isaac Cruikshank, London Sportsmen Shooting Flying [from a set of four], ca. 1800, hand-colored etching (VMFA: Paul Mellon Collection, 85.1282.2)


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