Exhibitions

Thrill of the ‘Chace: Steeplechase in Art

Sep 9, 2020 - Mar 21, 2021

First run from church steeple to church steeple in Ireland in 1752, and known as “chacing,” steeplechasing has developed a rich history around the globe. Jumping fences, leaping ditches, and streaking across the countryside in brightly colored silks, skilled jockeys and their mounts have won the hearts and minds of spectators and artists across centuries. Now run on courses ranging from Aintree, England to Middleburg, Virginia, the excitement and passion of this sport has been immortalized in countless pieces of art. Thrill of the ’Chace showcases paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from the National Sporting Library & Museum’s permanent collection and venues from across the country.

This exhibition is supported in part by the following sponsors:

Luminescence Foundation – Lisa and Zohar Ben-Dov, Mrs. Frances Massey Dulaney; Marlou and John Gregory; Sam Slater and Lornie Forbes;  Naylor Family Foundation; Sherry and Charlie Fenwick; Middleburg Spring Races; Montpelier Hunt Races; and Virginia Fall Races

Franklin Brooke Voss (American, 1880-1953)
Alligator, 1929
oil on canvas, 28 x 36 inches
National Sporting Library & Museum, Gift of the children of Peter Winants, Sr. (July 31, 2009)

Franklin Brooke Voss (American, 1880-1953)
Alligator, 1929
oil on canvas, 28 x 36 inches
National Sporting Library & Museum, Gift of the children of Peter Winants, Sr. (July 31, 2009)