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National Sporting Library opens Munnings exhibit - Maryland Horse Breeders Association


Over fifty masterworks by the renowned English artist Sir Alfred James Munnings (1878–1959) will be on display at the National Sporting Library & Museum in Middleburg, Va.

The exhibit, titled Munnings: Out in the Open, will run from April 24to Sept. 15, 2013. Admission is free.

Munnings: Out in the Open offers a cross-section of the artist’s open-air works painted throughout his career. While Munnings is best known for his equine compositions, a more complete representation of his varied subjects will be presented, including vibrant scenes of gypsy life, rolling landscapes of the English countryside and bucolic images of livestock. Several works created between 1912 and 1914 are highlighted as they relate to Summer in February, a novel about Munnings’ time in an artist colony written by Jonathan Smith in 1996.

The exhibition includes works from important private collectors and public institutions such as the Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum in Dedham, England; The Yale Center for British Arts in New Haven, Conn.; National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga, N.Y.; and Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville, Ga. A fully illustrated catalogue written by the NSLM’s George L. Ohrstrom Jr. accompanies the exhibition. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.nsl.org.

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