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NATIONAL SPORTING

LIBRARY & MUSEUM

2015 ANNUAL REPORT


2015 Score Sheet

special exhibitions with

200 loans of artwork

10 John H. Daniels Fellows supported

Preserving, promoting, and sharing the literature, art, and culture of equestrian, angling, and field sports

www.NationalSporting.org 102 The Plains Road | PO Box 1335 | Middleburg | Virginia | 20118

128 new members for a total of 534 members

NATIONAL SPORTING LIBRARY & MUSEUM

27 partnerships created with area non-profits and local schools 60 public programs, 2,500 attendees

SIDE-BY-SIDE with Gun & Dog

SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 - MARCH 20, 2016

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SIDE-BY-SIDE WITH GUN & DOG

4 publications (exhibition catalogs & books)

Side-by-Side with Gun and Dog exhibition catalogue

200 library guests assisted 2,000 Facebook views per post, 80 posts, 1,400 likes 5,900 attendees of tours, programs & events 11,000 blog views reaching 74 countries 13,000 website visits

Edward Troye exhibition

John H. Daniels Fellow, Collin McKinney

Library Tour

Open Late concert

Sunday Sketch program


From the Director

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t has been a phenomenal year for the National Sporting Library & Museum. Huge strides were made in all three areas of our mission preserving, promoting, and sharing the literature, art and culture of equestrian, angling and field sports. Each year, the NSLM staff works diligently to preserve both our Library & Museum collections. In 2015, the Library launched and continued to work on a variety of projects including archiving and cataloguing the thousands of books, journals, photographs, and other ephemera within the collection. Expanding storage for the Library collection was given top priority during the year as our collection grew to over 26,000 books and 73 archives. The NSLM reached out to more sporting enthusiasts, art lovers, bibliophiles, researchers, friends, supporters, educators, and like-minded organizations than in any previous year. Through our programming, events, website, Facebook, partnerships, and involvement in community activities, the NSLM made connections with thousands of people who are excited to be part of our mission. The ability to share the Library & Museum collections grew exponentially in 2015 with the help of the Internet. By posting information about pieces in our collections to our blog, Drawing Covert, sporting enthusiasts from countries as far reaching as Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Russia, Ireland, France, and the United Kingdom learned about the treasures that reside in Middleburg, Virginia. Similarly, the Library’s digitization initiative that began in 2015 will soon allow visitors near and far the ability to access the entire Library collection on-line. Just as we strive to preserve and care for the pieces in our collections, we work just as hard keeping the facility that houses these collections safe, secure, and well-maintained. To that end, a variety of improvements were made last year to the security system, the HVAC system, and the interior finishes at both the Library and the Museum. The campus exterior also received some needed improvements. As with other non-profits, the NSLM relies on membership support and donations to help reach our mission. In 2015, we gained 128 new members and received $750,000 in contributions and grants, sure signs that the NSLM is connecting with more and more people and gaining momentum with regard to support. Over 8,000 people visited the Library & Museum to enjoy our exhibitions or to participate in programs in 2015. That number continues to grow and we wish to thank everyone who came for a visit and then returned to bring friends and family. Building upon the interest and excitement in 2015, we believe 2016 will be extraordinary!

Melanie L. Mathewes Executive Director

Mission The National Sporting Library & Museum is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and sharing the literature, art, and culture of equestrian, angling, and field sports.

Table of Contents Programs & Events 4-5 Library Updates

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Art Acquisitions

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Fellows/Donors

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Contributors List

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Thank Yous

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Exhibitions

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Facilities Update

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Financials

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rograms & events

LECTURES

OPEN LATE CONCERTS

AUG 1: Livestock Conservancy Colonial Spanish Horses in America OCT 6: Meet the Author: Christiana Hannum Miller Goodnight Ladies: A Portrait of Nancy Penn Smith Hannum OCT 14: Dr. David Dorondo Considerations of Continuity: Modern European Military Equestrianism OCT 29: Ada Gates Patton An Unexpected Life NOV 8: Martha Wolfe The Great Hound Match of 1905: Alexander Henry Higginson, Harry Worcester Smith and the Rise of Virginia’s Hunt Country

Some 1500 visitors came to attend our Open Late concert series in 2015 and the Middleburg Business & Professional Association (MBPA) awarded Open Late as the “Best New Event of the Year.” APR 24: Middleburg Hunt Point-to-Point, featuring: Difficult Run Jazz Band MAY 22: Sky Meadow State Park Night featuring: Tara Mills Band JUN 26: Virginia Tech Alumni Night, featuring: The Piedmont Symphony Orchestra JUL 24: GMU Alumni Night, featuring: The George Mason Univ. Jazz Ensemble AUG 28 : Featuring Reckless Island SEP 25 : Friends and Family Night, featuring: Lisa Lim Band

SUNDAY SKETCH The first Sunday of the month, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, a local art teacher or artist led a sketching session in the art galleries, guiding participants on style, composition, or another aspect of drawing. AUG 2: Linda Conti SEP 6: Barbara Sharp

SPORTING CONVERSATIONS Lectures by John H. Daniels Fellows connect the public with new discoveries and research. In 2015, current and former Fellows shared their expertise, research, and experiences studying the unique collections, resources and rare books found at the NSLM. FEB 21: Elizabeth Tobey APR 18: Corey Piper MAY 16: Glenye Oakford JUN 20 : Erica Munkwitz

OCT 4: Teresa Duke NOV 1: Barbara Sharp

SATURDAY SHOWINGS On the second Saturday of the month, the NSLM featured a movie in the Founders’ Room of the Library. JUL 11 AUG 8 OCT 10 NOV 14 DEC 12

JUL 18 : Andrew Baker AUG 15: Judith Woodall SEP 19: Dorothy Ours OCT 17: Martha Wolfe

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A River Runs Through It (1992) Running Free (1999) The Black Stallion (1979) Secretariat (2010) Sylvester (1985)


5TH ANNUAL BENEFIT POLO MATCH & BRUNCH The sole fundraiser for the National Sporting Library & Museum in 2015 was held on Sunday, September 13 at the Virginia International Polo Club in Upperville, Virginia. More than 400 guests attended the event which featured the best female polo players in the world competing in a rare 25-goal “supermatch.” Proceeds from this event enabled the NSLM to offer 60 public programs, host seven art exhibitions, and welcome more than 8,000 visitors. Below: Two high-goal female polo teams battle for possession of the ball at the 5th Annual Benefit Polo Match. Photo courtesy of Douglas Lees.

Left to Right: Sunny Hale, Erica Gandomcar-Sachs, Maureen Brennan, Jennifer Williams, Polo Chairpersons Danielle and Ronald Bradley, Kristy Waters Outhier, Lía Salvo, Julia Steiner, and Julia Smith. Photo by Patrick McMullan.

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ibrary news

DIGITIZATION PROJECTS

PERIODICALS CATALOGING PROJECT

The NSLM worked on two projects to digitize materials in its care in 2015. These projects included both video clips and over 280,000 microfilm images of print materials dating to the 18th century. The product of these efforts is planned for online research access in the future, and both projects were made possible through the generous support of Mrs. Helen K. Groves and Mrs. Frances Massey Dulaney. In addition to making available digital files in the Library’s collections, NSLM is exploring digitization and content partnerships with libraries, associations, and publications across the sporting community. An initial survey prompted responses from eight interested sporting organizations.

In May 2015, NSLM received a contribution from Ann Wilson of Maplewood, New Jersey toward cataloging all issues of periodicals in the NSLM collection. Ms. Wilson’s contribution of $1,000 funded a part-time employee dedicated to the project over the summer. The project began by cataloging historical periodicals such as Porter’s Spirit of the Times and Turf, Field and Farm. After these titles were completed, the project continued with the rest of the periodical backfile cataloging titles beginning with “A” to titles beginning with “C.” We will continue work on the project as resources become available. NSLM is grateful to Ms. Wilson for making this progress possible. The Library would like to thank Mary Beth Sinclair, M.D. for her additional donation of a subscription to The Double Gun & Single Shot Journal in honor of Norman V. Sinclair.

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ARCHIVE PROJECTS This year the Library kicked off a project to re-house and inventory its archival collections. The project will relocate all archive collections to a secure research room and will make more efficient use of space in the storage of the collections. Updated finding aids were generated for all archival collections, and staff has begun working through a backlog of unprocessed archives. The archives project has afforded staff the opportunity to further explore the materials in the archives. Photographs in good condition have been reproduced electronically to share with NSLM’s followers on social media platforms, and print reproductions of images from the archives were created for display on the walls of the Library foyer. Proposed alterations to the Forrest E. Mars, Sr. Exhibition Hall would include open storage for works on paper and include display cases for letters, photographs, prints, and rare books. Evaluation of this proposal is underway.

STORAGE EXPANSION In 2015, NSLM staff and the Board of Directors began planning for an expansion of storage space in the Library to accommodate increased materials acquisition through donations. New shelving units are planned for the Main Reading Room and Lower Level Reading Room, with the majority of planned expansion coming through the installation of additional compact shelving on the Lower Level. Planned shelving would expand capacity by over 10,000 volumes and would include expansion of oversize storage capacity for the F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room.

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ANNUAL AUCTION The NSLM’s collections are a direct reflection of the sporting community. Every year, the Library receives hundreds of volumes in donated books, periodicals, and other materials. Many of these materials are duplicates of objects in the Library collection. When a duplicate is received, the one in better condition is retained and the extra copy is sold. All proceeds from the sale of duplicate books go to the care and maintenance of the Library’s collections. Each fall, the Library makes a selection of high-quality duplicates available for purchase to NSLM members through the Annual Auction. In 2015, the NSLM is grateful to donor Childs Burden for donating a selection of sporting prints from his collections as additions to the Annual Auction. Print lots sold Book lots sold

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Income from prints $ 6,202 Income from books $ 6,706 Total Income $12,908 Less Expenses

$ 4,895

Gain from Auction

$ 8,013

ibrary acquisition In February 2015, NSLM acquired the book Gallant Fox: A Memoir, privately printed at the Derrydale Press in 1931. The book chronicles the career of Gallant Fox, the winner of the United States Triple Crown in 1930, and was written by the horse’s owner, William Woodward, the year after Gallant Fox was retired to stud. It is among the rarest of all Derrydale Press books, and there are only five known copies in existence. The NSLM’s new copy is numbered “1 of 50.” The addition of Gallant Fox: A Memoir is a major accomplishment in making all Derrydale titles accessible for research at NSLM. We are exceedingly grateful for the support of the following donors, without whom this acquisition would not have been possible: Timothy Greenan, Helen K. Groves, Manuel Johnson, and Jacqueline B. Mars. 6


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The NSLM art collection includes paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative art objects ranging from the 17th through 21st centuries. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the collection now numbers over 1,000 pieces. With the exception of only a very few purchases, the majority of the collection has been acquired through direct gifts and bequests. We remain grateful to all the collectors who have gifted works of art or have promised future gifts in bequests. If you are interested in learning more about how to make a donation, please feel free to contact the Curatorial Department. Please see below the gifts of art that were received in 2015.

Clarice Smith (American, b. 1933) Gallop, 2009, oil with gold and copper leaf on canvas, on five-paneled screen, 50 x 77 ½ inches, Gift of Clarice Smith, 2015

Daphne vom Baur (American, b. 1945) The Start, 2004, oil on linen, 48 x 60 inches, Gift of Mrs. Peter Manigault, 2015

(after) Cecil Aldin (English, 1870 - 1935) Fox Hunting: Suite of Six, 1900 colored lithographs, 14 ž x 24 inches Gift of the Estate of Mary S. B. Braga, in memory of Pam Braga, 2015

Edward Troye (American, 1808 - 1874) Bay Mare and Foal in Stall, 1833, oil on canvas 25 x 30 inches, Gift of Jacqueline Ohrstrom, from the Bequest of George L. Ohrstrom, Jr., 2015

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ohn H. Daniels Fellows

Since 2007, the NSLM has hosted the fellowship program in honor of the legacy of sportsman and book collector John H. Daniels (1921-2006). Past Fellowship recipients include post-graduate students, authors, curators, professors and scholars researching a variety of subjects related to field sports. The diversity of Fellows’ projects reflects the wide variety of material within the F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room and the NSLM collections. Topics include history, art, literature, anthropology, and sport, with research projects ranging from the architecture of horse stables, history of horsemanship, equestrian fashion, and poetry, to falconry, veterinary science, environmental conservation and fly fishing. 2015 Fellows include: COLLIN MCKINNEY From Warrior to Gentleman: Masculinity and Sport in the 19th Century

DOROTHY OURS Llangollen Race Meeting 1931: Sketches by Paul Brown

KATHLEEN CRANDELL A Historical Perspective on the Causes, Incidence, Management and Treatment of Laminitis in Horses

LOUISE CURTH The Pocket Farrier: Veterinary Texts in Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century America

LUCAS RUBIN Trotting in Brooklyn, ca. 1800 to 1868

MARYANNA SKOWRONSKI View: A Pictorial History of the Elkridge-Harford Hunt

PETER MCNEIL ‘Taking the Dust’: Macaroni Men and English Equine Fashions

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MATTHEW ‘DUKE’ BISCOTTI A Bibliography of Foxhunting

ibrary book donors

Since 1954, NSLM has received thousands of volumes from donors across the country. These volumes make up one of the broadest collections on equestrian and field sports in the world. In 2015, NSLM received materials from the following donors: Anne H. Adams Eric Albrecht Colin Barker Donald Brennan Childs Burden Jackie C. Burke Jim Casada Domenic J. Catton Hal Chaffee Sandy Cole Kathleen Crandell Magruder Dent III

Kerry Glass Frederick L. Graham Helen K. Groves Robert Heithler Greg Hicks William Klimon Sophia Kountz Virginia Lazenby Marion H. Lee Andrew Littauer Nina C. McKee Holly Menino

Susan Monticelli Jane G. Nelson Edith Overly Cindy Piper Edward Powell Holly Pulsifer F. Turner Reuter, Jr. Christine Reynolds Judy Richter Lucas Rubin Mary Beth Sinclair, MD Maryanna Skowronski

Guy Snowden Susan B. Strange John R. Swift Fay Taylor Elizabeth Tobey Moira Tressler Mary S. Twiss Charles Van Sickle William E. Wilkin Ann Wilson Jennifer B. Youngman

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2015 ANNUAL GIVING CONTRIBUTORS The National Sporting Library & Museum wishes to thank and recognize those whose contributions were received between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. These contributions form the foundation of financial support for the NSLM’s operations. We are grateful for gifts at all levels and appreciate our many donors and friends. LEADERSHIP CIRCLE - $25,000 Mr. and Mrs. Ronald M. Bradley Mr. and Mrs. B. Tim Brookshire Mrs. Frances Massey Dulaney Mr. and Mrs. Stephen V. Mullaney BENEFACTOR CIRCLE - $10,000 Mrs. William Abel Smith Mr. and Mrs. Hector Alcalde Amb. and Mrs. Thomas H. Anderson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Aulisi Mr. Bradley J. Bondi Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Bonsal Mr. and Mrs. Donald Brennan Ms. Cathy M. Brentzel Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Calder Mr. and Mrs. Guy O. Dove Mrs. Helen K. Groves Mr. James I. Harrison, III Ms. Wilhelmina Cole Holladay Dr. and Mrs. Manuel H. Johnson Mr. Paul Tudor Jones Mrs. Jacqueline B. Mars Mr. and Mrs. Clarke Ohrstrom Mrs. George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Gayden Parker Mrs. Lorian Peralta-Ramos Ms. Claire Reid Mr. and Mrs. F. Turner Reuter, Jr. CONSERVATOR CIRCLE - $5,000 Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Banner, Jr. Ms. Katrina Becker Mr. and Mrs. Zohar Ben-Dov Mr. Paul L. Davies, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Greg Fazakerley Mr. and Mrs. Paul Doug Fout Mrs. Hermen Greenberg Mr. Hurst K. Groves and Ms. Barbara A. Sharp Mr. and Mrs. Sydney D. Hall Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Kurzius David and Diana MacDonald Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mullan Mr. and Mrs. Mark J. Ohrstrom Ms. Jean Perin Mr. William G. Prime

Mrs. F. Turner Reuter Mrs. Felicia Warburg Rogan Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Schmidt Mr. and Mrs. William W. Stahl, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Oakleigh Thorne Ms. Viviane M. Warren PATRON CIRCLE - $2,500 Mr. and Mrs. David Blake Ms. Lisa Campbell Hugh Chisholm and Daisy Prince Mr. and Mrs. P. Hamilton Clark, III Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Epstein Mrs. Dielle Fleischmann Ms. Anjela Guarriello Mr. James L. Hatcher, Jr. Mr. Albert B. Head Mrs. Gertraud Hechl Mr. Anthony J. Horan and Ms. Susan Trotter Mr. and Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, III Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Kemmerer Mr. and Mrs. Francis Knott Mr. Joel A. Kobert Peter and Ineke Kreeger Mr. and Mrs. Climis Lascaris Mr. Bryce M. Lingo Mrs. Alexander Mackay-Smith Mr. and Mrs. Mike Massie Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Matheson Juliana and Richard May Mr. and Mrs. James P. Mills, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Morency Ms. Mary C. Morgan and Mr. Michael Neish Mrs. Roberta W. Odell Ms. Nicole H. Perry and Mr. Andrew T.C. Stifler The Hon. Trevor Potter and Mr. Dana Scott Westring Mr. and Mrs. Frederick H. Prince Mr. and Mrs. David Roux Mr. and Mrs. S. Bruce Smart, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Guy Snowden Mr. and Mrs. John Sodolski Mr. T. Garrick Steele George and Rab Thompson

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Mr. James K. Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Edmund S. Twining, III Ms. Virginia Guest Valentine Ms. Laura W. Van Roijen Mr. John P. White Mr. and Mrs. Rene R. Woolcott Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Zimmer GUARDIAN - $1,000 Ms. Anne H. Adams Mr. Christopher Buckley Ms. Marty Daniels Mr. and Mrs. J. Bradley Davis Ms. Anne Engen Mary Ann Ghadban Mrs. Penny Hallman Leslie Hazel Mr. Douglas H. Lees, III Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Mackall, Jr. Mrs. Mary Carter McConnell Mrs. Linda D. Newton Ms. Michele Powers Allison Reichenbach Dr. and Mrs. William Russell Mr. William C. Steinkraus Dr. Robert Varrin Hedda Windisch Von Goeben Mr. and Mrs. C. Martin Wood, III ASSOCIATE - $500 Mr. Max N. Berry Mr. and Mrs. Perry J. Bolton Mr. Bruce A. Hiler Ms. Anne P. McDowell Mr. Marc S. Owens and Mr. Fred H. Root William and Daphne Richards Miss Beverly R. Steinman SPONSOR - $250 Mrs. Charles C. Abeles Ms. Judy Allen Mr. Howard Armfield Mr. James P. Baber Ms. Anne Ballenger Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ballhaus Mr. John Blackburn


Ms. Cornelia W. Bonnie Ms. Julie Gomena and Mr. Robert Bonnie Ms. Adrianne Brooks Diana Bunting Mr. W. Donald Clark Mr. William S. Coleman Lori Connelly-Defranco Mr. William Cooper Mr. Peter S. Corbin Pamela Covington Mr. Paul D. Cronin Mr. and Mrs. John B. Denegre Mr. and Mrs. John J. Donovan, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. H. Benjamin Duke, III John and Leah Ferguson Lt.-Col. Dennis Foster Ms. Virginia Fout and Mr. Michael Whetstone Mr. and Mrs. Jerre Frankhouser Mrs. James C. Garwood Mr. Gregory W. Gingery Mr. Jack S. Griswold Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Hafer Mrs. Sherman P. Haight, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John T. Hazel Mrs. Ann Mari Horkan Ms. Julia Jitkoff Mr. Tommy Lee Jones Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Keys Nick and Mary Lynn Kotz Dr. Horace A. Laffaye Ms. Catherine C. Larmore Mrs. Ted Lazenby Ms. Arla Jean Lewis Marion Maggiolo Ms. Bonnie Mattingly Mr. Patrick J. McCabe Mrs. Lee McGettigan Mr. and Mrs. Rick Miller Ms. Jeanne H. Moon Mr. George H. Morris Mr. Edmund T. Mudge, IV Mr. and Mrs. David O’Connor Mr. and Mrs. M. Wilson Offutt, IV Mr. and Mrs. William L. Pape Mrs. Mary Charlotte Parr Ms. Dana Pigford Ms. Anita Ramos Dr. and Mrs. Marc Raphaelson Mr. Richard C. Riemenschneider Ms. Emily P. Ristau Mr. and Mrs. Bradford J. Ryder Mr. and Mrs. Roger Sant

Mr. Milton Sender Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Spicer Ms. Rebecca K. Splan Mrs. Patricia R. St. Clair Mr. Richard Stokes The Hon. and Mrs. James W. Symington Mr. Peter L. Villa Mrs. C. Langhorne Washburn Mr. George Y. Wheeler, III Mr. and Mrs. Richard Whitman Mr. Lewis S. Wiley Murphy Tuomey Wilson Ms. Nancy Hamill Winter Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Witt Alston Osgood Wolf Mr. and Mrs. William E. S. Worrall

Ms. Charlotte Ober Goodwin Mr. and Mrs. J. Christopher A. Gore Annie and Alex Gould Mary Guest Garland Hall Mr. Bruce Harrison Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hasse Bill and Sharon Heiser Peter and Amy Helweg Mr. Gerald L. Hempt Georgia Herbert David Hess Beth Hester Mr. Robin Hill Mr. and Mrs. James K. Hitch Mr. David Hoffberg Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hottensen Mr. and Mrs. Rich Hurst DUAL/HOUSEHOLD - $100 Celia and Adam Im Mrs. Anita Baarns Wanda W. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Matthew L. Biscotti Mr. Glen Johnston Pamela Blumberg Mrs. Jane Karasick Mrs. Rose Marie Bogley Mr. and Mrs. William E. Kaye Keith Boi Mr. and Mrs. James P. Keesee, Jr. Mr. Robert Boucher and Ms. Elizabeth Melinda Kent Manierre Jon and Vee Kreitz Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Brown Mason and Mary Lou Lampton Ms. Jackie C. Burke Mr. and Mrs. Trowbridge Littleton Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas R. Burke Ms. Lexine D. Lowe and Mr. Frederick Megan and Jonathan Catherwood C. Pomeroy Dr. and Mrs. Lionel Chisholm Dr. and Mrs. Matthew Mackay-Smith Mr. and Mrs. William Clinton Ms. Stephanie Malevich Mr. and Mrs. Brian Conboy Mr. Jack Martin Mr. and Mrs. Britton Condon Mr. and Mrs. Michael McCormick Mr. Peter Cook Dr. William H. McCormick Melissa Corbin Greg, Marie, and Chris Miller Mr. Graham Curtis Gene and Monica Mock James G. and Shannon M. Davis Jill Monk Emily Day John and Anne Moss Mr. and Mrs. Robert DeButts Mr. Paul Murphy Dr. Morgan Delaney and Mr. Osborne Richard Murphy Mackie Deb and David Norman Dawn Dohrmann and Preston Mr. James F. O’Rourke, III Diamond Ms. Amy N. Orr Julie Diehl Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Penkhus Mr. and Mrs. C. L Dimos Mrs. Cynthia Piper Mr. Thomas U. Dudley, II Delane and Ridge Porter Mr. and Mrs. Robinson Duncan Wesley and Barbara Price Elizabeth and Pete Dunning Dr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Rogers Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Edens, III John and Monica Schoultz Leslie and Paul Edmundson Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Schultz Ms. Ellen Epstein Mrs. Christine Sehn Mr. and Mrs. Edward Frost Mr. and Mrs. D.M. Smithwick, Jr. Mr. Denis Glaccum Eric and Kathryn Lee Steuer

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Margrete and Michael Stevens Michael and Mary Terpak Mrs. Wayne Travell Mr. William D. Trego Marianne Casey and Russell Wagner Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wasserman Ms. Mary Wanamaker Watriss Mrs. Peyton Wise, II Tucker and Mary Ann Withers Mr. and Mrs. James C. Wofford Robert and Joan Wolf Ms. Martha A. Wolfe and Mr. William Shabb INDIVIDUAL - $50 Kurt Abendschein Mr. Alan J. Ackerman Ms. Yasmin Albazzaz Ms. Katharine Aldrich Ms. Prudence Anderson Wendy Andrews Mr. Paul Apanasewicz Mr. George Archibald Mrs. Debra S. Arthur Ms. Barbara Ashbrook Ms. Sandra Auman Ms. Anita Bailey Ms. Carol Barber Ms. Jill P. Beach Mrs. Nancy G. Bedford Ms. Jennifer Beisel Cynthia Benitz Mr. Thomas Matt Bennett Mr. John Charles Bennison Ms. Katherine Berger Ms. Linda Bergin Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Beyer Ms. Jeanne M. Blackwell Kay B. Blassic Ms. Robin Bledsoe Jeffrey Blue Mr. William E. Bobbitt, Jr. Mr. C. B. Boyer, III Mrs. Judith R. Boykin Ms. Melinda Brewer Mr. Denny Brisley Mr. David Brown Ms. Karen E. Buckley Ms. Elizabeth Burnett Ms. Liz Callar Ms. Fern L. Camann Ms. Diana M. Cammack Martha Cammack Ms. Laura Campbell

Charles Caramello Goksin Carey Patrica Carter Dr. Jim Casada Ms. Katherine K. Cawood Peter Ceponis Ms. Jean Chappell Ms. Holly Palmer Cheff * Ms. Kimberly Chewning Ms. D. Haskell Chhuy Lelia Clark Mrs. Margaret Clarke Ms. Susan Clarke Mrs. Peyton S. Cochran, Jr. Ms. Sandy Cole Mr. and Mrs. Farnham F. Collins Roberta Comie Ms. Harriett Condon Ms. Barbara Tragakis Conner Lt.Col. Warren H. Corrado Ms. Jeralyn Coulter Mr. Timothy C. Cox Dr. Kathleen Greiwe Crandell Ms. Celia Cummings Edward Cusnier Ms. Cynthia Daily Sean Daly Ms. Rachel M. Day Mrs. C. Lindsay Dole Pamela Stokes Donehower Mrs. Tria Pell Dove Mr. Bryant R. Dunetz Ms. Chistina Jordan Dunn Mrs. Barbara M. DuPont Maurice East Ms. Cameron Eaton Hazle W. Edens Jacqueline Eldredge Mr. James Entrikin Margo Eppard Molly Eppard Mary Ewing Mrs. Susan E. Fargione Mr. Kevin Fay Mr. and Mrs. Norman Fine Katherine Fisher Margaret Gallagher Ms. Jilda C. Garity Mr. Robert Garrett * Douglas Gehlsen Ms. Boo Thayer Gemes Harry Goodheart Mrs. Richard Gookin Mr. Ned Grassi

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Ms. Blake Green Ms. Anthea Greene Mr. Channing M. Hall, III Cathy Handford Mrs. Alexandra Semmes Hansen Ms. Halina Hapworth Diane Hauslein Mrs. Mary-Whitley C. Haycox Mrs. David P. Hendershot Susan M. Hensley Mr. Davyd Foard Hood Jane Hottensen Emily Houston Mr. Thomas A. Hulfish, III Rebecca Hutchings Peggy E. Jackson Mary Jennings Ms. Maggie Johnston Ms. Alison Jones Mrs. Richard K. Jones Ms. Gail Ann Joyce Nathalie H. Kaye Karen Kazmark Ms. Evelyn J. Kealey Cookie Kelly Mr. Anderson Kenny Ms. Gay P. Kent Gerry Kiefer Phil Kiley Mr. Manown Kisor, Jr. * Mr. Henry Koehler Ms. Susan Koso Margaret Kramer Ms. Joanne R. Kresic Mr. Dennis Kugler Cdr. Judith Lafleur-Lovegrove, USNR (Ret.) Mr. Henry W. Lavine Marion Lee Mr. John P. Levis, III Dr. Charles List Mr. S. Scot Litke Dr. Deborah A. Logerquist Sherry Long Mr. Jed Lyons B.T. Kinsey Marable Christina Markey Mr. Robert Martinell Gail Maslyk - Guirreri Mrs. Michael Matz Catherine McAulay Ms. Patricia McCann Denise McGovern Mr. Harry G. McIntosh


Anne W. McIntosh, MFH Cheryl McKinlay Mr. Gary Medeiros Ms. Emilia Menocal Grosvenor Merle-Smith Ramsay Metcalf Ms. Judie Mijares Ms. Stephanie Millham Mr. and Mrs. Giel Millner Ms. Susan F. Mills Stone Mr. Lawrence L. Monett Mr. Carlos S. E. Moore Ms. Joan Moore Ms. Angela Morales Mr. Joseph L. Moran, Jr. Ms. Maralyn D. Morency Eleanor Porter Morison Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Morison, III Mr. Michael Motion Ms. Suzanne Musgrave James Newman Mrs. Jane M. Noland Mrs. Caroline Hooff Norman Mr. W. Kemp Norman, Jr. Ms. Lily L. Norton Ms. Elaine Oette Edwina Orndoff Ms. Edith H. Overly Ada Gates Patton Dean Perry Mr. and Mrs. John Piper Donald Place Ms. Linda B. Platt Ms. Alice Porter Colin Potts Mr. Spencer C. H. Price Ms. Deborah Pritchard Ms. Nancy Prowitt Mrs. Holliday M. Pulsifer Ms. Wanda W. Putnam Ms. Candice Quinn Mrs. Robert M. Ramsay Mrs. Jeannette B. Rettig Mr. James E. Rich, Jr. Mrs. Judy H. Richter Mr. S. Barclay Rives Jean S. Roberts Ms. Linda Roberts Ms. Linda Robeson Ms. Barbara Rohde Anne Rowland Mary Keith Ruffner Mr. Robert T. Rush

Katerina Ryan Mrs. Carolyn Saffer Susan M. Sanders Mrs. Amanda Scheps Diana Schwerha Barbara M. Scott Mrs. Paul Scott Cpt. Julia K. Scoville Mrs. Barbara I. Sears Ms. Kim Shelly Dr. Jonathan Shurberg Mr. Casper L. Sigmon, II Mr. Howe K. Sipes, III Eleanor Slater Margaret Ivy Smith Ms. Susan Meredyth Smith Susan A. Steeves Mr. Rick Steinberger Mr. John Stirrup Ms. Donna Strama Martha Strawther Mr. William Stromire Ms. Joanne M. Swift Dr. Sandy S. Termotto Ms. Julia D. Thieriot Mr. Paul Thorpe Steven Topolovec Rhea Topping Ms. Felicia Schaps Tracy Mrs. Barbara Van Curen Charmain Van der Merwe Kathryn G. Waldo Ms. Linda Warshaw Mr. Birge Swift Watkins Ms. Whitney White Mrs. Helen C. Wiley Mrs. Carroll Williams Mr. Peter Wood Mr. and Mrs. Henry N. Woolman, III Ms. Margaret Worrall Mr. William G. Young Ms. Ruth Youngwirth Col. John F. Zugschwert STUDENT - $25 Mr. Rodger M. L. Schmitt, Jr. *Lifetime members who joined between 1975 and 1994

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FOUNDATIONS & DONOR ADVISED FUNDS Barker Welfare Foundation Blunder Fund Brennan Family Foundation Michelle and B. Tim Brookshire Foundation Donald Grant and Ann Martin Calder Foundation Carnival Foundation Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation East Texas Communities Foundation Exxon Mobile Foundation Fernleigh Foundation William Howard Flowers, Jr. Foundation Helen K. Groves Fund Heritage Plantation Foundation Manuel and Mary Johnson Foundation Lakeside Foundation Leighton-Oare Foundation McGraw Foundation George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Foundation Palmerson Charitable Fund Parker Poe Charitable Trust Prince Charitable Trust Salmson Charitable Fund Wise Foundation CORPORATE PARTNERS Benefactor Northern Trust Conservator Brown Advisory Middleburg Bank Patron Goodstone Inn & Restaurant Wiseman & Associates Donor Middleburg Spring Race Association, Inc.


Thank You

We wish to thank those who gave the National Sporting Library & Museum their time, leadership, partnership and support in 2015. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

OFFICERS Manuel H. Johnson

Aldie Harvest Festival and Duck Race Brown Advisory Brown-Forman Foxcroft School George Mason University Alumni Association Institut Français du Cheval et de L’Equitation Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Middleburg Academy Middleburg Agricultural Research Extension Center Middleburg Bank Middleburg Business and Professional Association Middleburg Community Charter School Middleburg Film Festival Middleburg Hunt Point-to-Point Middleburg Spring Race Association Museum of Hounds and Hunting Popcorn Monkey of Middleburg Sky Meadows State Park Society of Animal Artists The Hill School The Livestock Conservancy The Scout Guide Town of Middleburg Virginia Library Association Virginia Tech Alumni Association Wakefield School

Chairman

Jacqueline B. Mars Vice Chairman

Claire Reid Treasurer

Cathy M. Brentzel Secretary

DIRECTORS Mimi Abel Smith Hector Alcalde Joseph E. Aulisi Frank A. Bonsal, Jr. Bradley J. Bondi B. Tim Brookshire Donald G. Calder Guy O. Dove Helen K. Groves James I. Harrison, III Clarke Ohrstrom Jacqueline L. Ohrstrom Gayden Parker Lorian Peralta-Ramos F. Turner Reuter, Jr. ADVISORY Dorothy Lee Pierre Manigault Catherine Murdock George A. Weymouth

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5TH ANNUAL BENEFIT POLO MATCH & BRUNCH Chairs Mr. & Mrs. Ronald M. Bradley VOLUNTEERS Brandon Benko Kevin Bowman Greg Chapman Kim Ciftci Jeri Coulter Shayan Ghajar Punkin Lee Lorian Lemmon Perry Mathewes Myra Moffett Bundles Murdock Grace Pikie Juliana Rivett Bee Stribling Karen Thompson Barbara Tiedman George Tiedman


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Faithfulness to Nature: Paintings by Edward Troye October 26, 2014 - March 29, 2015 The exhibition of 42 paintings and sketches and accompanying catalog explored the esteemed 19th-century equestrian painter Edward Troye’s place within American art history, and his important role in creating visual documentation of the development of American Thoroughbred bloodlines and this country’s rich racing heritage and culture. Highlights included many of the artist’s most recognized portrayals of important race horses, jockeys, and trainers active in this country during the antebellum period;

Troye’s first known surviving animal drawing; and two monumental mural-sized paintings. Loans from museums and private collections, as well as examples from the NSLM’s extensive holdings of Troye material were included. In conjunction with the museum display, an exhibition of archival material, original sketches, and prints, based on research by John H. Daniels Fellow Martha Wolfe, was displayed in the Library.

Edward Troye (Amercian, 1808-1874) Waverly, 1872, oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches Collection of Lawrence and Rene Kurzius

Sporting Accoutrements: The Still Lifes of Henry Koehler January 16, 2015 - May 31, 2015 Twenty-four intimate and contemplative paintings of fox and stag hunting, racing, polo, fishing, and shooting paraphernalia by the recognized sporting painter Henry Koehler were brought together to highlight the artist’s deep knowledge and almost hallowed respect for the objects he paints, evoking the very nature of their use. His often quiet, introspective works convey the artist’s sense of observation, color, and composition and echo the sentiments of sporting

and art enthusiasts, both past and present. An elegant, articulate, and sophisticated man, Koehler easily moved through international sporting circles sketching and painting many of the major race courses and tracks, polo events, and hunts in the U.S., England, France, and Italy. He has touched on, not just equestrian pursuits, but most all of the traditional turf and field sports in his work.

Henry Koehler (American,b. 1927), Sporting Gear Hanging, 2002, oil on canvas, 26 ¾ x 19 ½ inches Private Collection, ©Henry Koehler. A catalog was published by the NSLM to accompany the exhibition.

Art and the Animal: Society of Animal Artists Exhibition April 18, 2015 - August 30, 2015 The National Sporting Library & Museum was the final venue to host Art and the Animal, the 54th annual Society of Animal Artists’ (SAA) exhibition. The 2015 exhibition opened with 125 works of art at the Wildlife Experience, a wildlife conservation museum in Parker, Colorado, on August 23, 2014. From

this, sixty paintings, works on paper, and sculptures of domestic and wild animals were chosen by the SAA Selection Jury to travel. This selection was on view at two other venues before coming to the NSLM.

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Part of the Pack: The Hunt at Petworth, Colin Barker Photography June 19, 2015 - January 10, 2016 Part of the Pack: The Hunt at Petworth captured a behind-thescenes portrayal of life with the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt. Fifteen images of foxhunting, kennel, and puppy show scenes were selected for exhibition at the NSLM. The entire series, comprised of sixty archival photographic prints, was first presented in 2012 at Lord and Lady

Egremont’s family stables at the historic Petworth House estate in England. Colin Barker notes that he formed the collection of mostly black and white images to “create a link between the undulating, picturesque landscape of the South Downs in Southern England and the gritty reality of dayto-day life for the huntsman and his hounds at the kennels.”

Last Hound to Bed archival photographic print 23 ³/8 x 33 1/8 inches, © Colin Barker

Beverly Sanford McConnell: Portraits in Poetry July 10, 2015 - December 13, 2015 The exhibition paid tribute to the champion equitation rider, horse trainer, riding instructor, and Middleburg-area resident Beverley Sanford McConnell (1919 –2013). McConnell was also a painter, sculptor, and poet for her personal enrichment. She began her training at the Grand Central School of Art in New York City, where she was awarded a medal for line drawing at the age of 14, and continued her studies at the Art Students’ League of New York for three years.

Even though the budding artist showed talent at an early age, her family notes that she was too shy to pursue a career in the arts. McConnell, however, left behind a personal and endearing body of work that echoes her love of horses and ponies. Portraits in Poetry: A Little Horse Book of paintings, drawings, and poetry by Beverley McConnell, compiled in 2012 by Beverley Bryant to document her mother’s work, was the impetus for the exhibition.

Beverley Sanford McConnell (American, 19192013) Silent Partners, 1962, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches, Collection of Robert McConnell

Paul Brown from the Permanent Collection August 29, 2015 - January 10, 2016 This special exhibition of works by American illustrator Paul Desmond Brown (1893 - 1958) included 30 works from the NSLM permanent collection; pencil and ink drawings, sketches, and watercolor. Original pencil drawings from some of Brown’s most popular books Spills and Thrills (1933), Ups and Downs (1936), and Good Luck and Bad (1940) were on view for the first time. The exhibition highlighted Brown’s steeplechase images from the 1930s.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the NSLM published Inaugural Llangollen Race Meeting Sketchbook. This collection of previously unpublished sketches by Paul Brown documents the glamorous steeplechase held at Llangollen Farm, in Upperville, Virginia, in 1931. The book features an essay by racing historian Dorothy Ours.

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Inaugural Llangollen Race Meeting Sketchbook published by the National Sporting Library & Museum in 2015.


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Side-by-Side with Gun & Dog September 25, 2015 - March 20, 2016 Side-by-Side with Gun & Dog

explored the quintessential relationship between gunning enthusiasts and gun dogs in eighteenth- through twentiethcentury British, European, and American portraits and landscapes. The ambitious loan exhibition organized by the NSLM brought together over forty paintings and sculpture from public and private collections by such important artists as: Benjamin Marshall, Richard Ansdell, Thomas Hewes Hinckley, Charles Olivier de Penne, William Tylee Ranney, Arthur Burdett

Frost, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, and Percival Rosseau. The works represented many changes over time. Among these differences were: nationalities, participants, dog breeds, conformation (the shape or structure of an animal), firearms technology, game laws, types of game, the landscape, and artistic styles. The exhibition explored these changes, but at the same time reinforced the foundation of the sport - the rapport between the human figure and the canine which remains a constant throughout.

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The Ladies’ Equestrian Guide, 1857 By John Connolly, October 15, 2015 847 views

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“In 1857, compelled by a perceived lack of literature on the subject, Mrs. J. Stirling Clarke authored The Ladies’ Equestrian Guide as a succinct manual to riding for women. The book is thoroughly a product of its time, and focuses on the proprieties of Victorian horsemanship. Nevertheless, the work is an insight into the practical challenges that faced female riders in the middle of the 19th Century.” Read this and other posts dating back to December of 2014 at NationalSporting.org /Blog tab.

The Ladies’ EquestrianGuide, 1857, Mrs. Stirling Clarke (left) including an illustration of proper riding (right). The book was sold at the NSLM Annual Auction in 2015.

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The Library security system was upgraded and integrated with the Museum’s security system in 2015. The integration, which eliminated two different systems and companies monitoring the Museum and the Library, was a major improvement. Upgrades were also made to the HVAC system in both the Library and Museum. This included upgrading the Desert Air conditioning unit for the F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room. The new unit allows the room to be at a constant 66 degree temperature and 50 percent humidity with very tight tolerances, which is an optimal enviroment for the rare book collection. Work performed to the HVAC system were one of several capital improvements that were made during the year. Three outdoor sculptures were installed on the NSLM campus in 2015. More than simply placing the sculptures on top of the landscape, great attention was paid to making sure they were going to be safe and secure. First, concrete pads were poured under the sculptures to create a solid foundation. Then painted steel plates were made and bolted to the concrete pad below and to the sculpture above. Layering in the plate provides maximum security and safety of the sculptures. Once the sculptures were secured and in place, landscape materials integrated them into their surroundings (pictures at right). Over 100 bushes and trees were installed on the NSLM campus including Kwanzan Cherry, Lacebark Elm, October Glory, White Pine, and Eastern Red Cedar. In addition, the shrubbery in the front circle was reorganized and replaced to allow for easier navigation and viewing of the Civil War Horse Memorial. LED landscape lights also now shine on the Horse at night (pictures below).

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Five additional pole lights were installed in the parking lot to complete the lighting of the parking area. These lights were added mostly for use during evening events and are manually turned on and off. The historical look of the lights are in keeping with the town of Middleburg street lighting (picture at right). Additionally, solar landscape lights were installed around the campus to create easier navigation at nightfall. A mulch walking path was installed from the corner of the Museum sidewalk to the corner of Main Street and The Plains Road. We are thrilled to have a direct route for Town visitors to access the NSLM campus. The new path is also safer for pedestrians who would otherwise have to walk alongside The Plains Road to enter the campus (picture at right). In 2015, several southern yellow pine floor boards were replaced in both the upper and lower levels of the Vine Hill building of the Museum (picture at bottom right). Aged southern yellow pine, an authentic replacement of the flooring, was used in keeping with the historic materials used when the structure was built in 1804. Aged wood pine was also used to repair areas of the Founders’ Room floor in the Library. Flat screen monitors previously donated to the NSLM were installed in both the Founders’ Room and the Museum. These monitors are used to display information about NSLM programs, events and exhibitions, recognize members, and in the Founders’ Room, serve as a tool for digital presentations (picture below).

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FINANCIAL SUMMARY 4% 3% 13%

49%

14%

REVENUES & SUPPORT Contributions & Grants Membership Revenue Fundraising & Corp. Sponsorship Budgeted Use of Endowment Rental Income Admission Income, Book & Retail Sales, Other Income TOTAL

$ 1,552,194

EXPENSES Exhibitions Education & Library Services Facilities & Security Marketing & Development Administrative TOTAL

$ 413,434 $ 363,425 $ 325,597 $ 256,797 $ 97,402 $ 1,456,655

$ $ $ $ $ $

757,483 288,658 209,846 195,600 61,568 39,039

19%

7% 28%

18%

22% 25% ABOUT US The National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) is located in Middleburg, Virginia, the heart of beautiful hunt country. Founded in 1954, the renowned research library and art museum highlight the rich heritage and tradition of country pursuits. Angling, horsemanship, shooting, steeplechasing, foxhunting, flat racing, polo, coaching, and wildlife are among the subjects one can explore in the organization’s general stacks, rare book holdings, archives, and art collection. The NSLM, a 501(c)3 non-profit, is most proud of utilizing the majority of the organization’s $1.5 million budget on educational

programs, exhibitions, events, outreach initiatives, partnerships, and community activities that directly serve its mission of preserving, promoting, and sharing the literature, art, and culture of equestrian, angling, and field sports. In 2015, the NSLM increased its offerings to members, sporting enthusiasts and the local community all while maintaining thousands of items in its Library & Museum collections, and making improvements to keep the facilities safe and inviting. For a breakdown of these offerings, please refer to the 2015 Score Sheet on the inside cover of this report.


FRONT COVER ART: Upper Left: Detail from The Hunt in Belvoir Vale, c. 1835, John Ferneley, Sr. (English, 1782-1860), oil on canvas, 48 x 133 inches, Gift of Kathryn James Clark in memory of Stephen C. Clark, Jr., 2013 Upper Right: Detail from Shokubako [On Horse Ornaments], Matoba Katsumi, 1857, 11 years before the close of Japan’s Edo period. The work is complete in two volumes and details the traditional tack used in feudal Japan. Donated by John H. and Martha Daniels, 1999, F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room Lower Left: Detail from Foxhounds and Terrier in a Stable Interior, 1878, John Emms (English, 1841-1912), oil on canvas, 39 x 52 inches, Gift of Felicia Warburg Rogan, 2008 Lower Right: Detail from Chickens and Raspberries, c. 1880, Susan Catherine Moore Waters (American, 1823-1900), oil on canvas, 24 x 16 1/2 inches, Gift of The Phelan Collection, 2012

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