VMFA Opens British Sporting Drawings from the Paul Mellon Collection

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artwork: Thomas Miles Richardson, Jr., English, 1813–1890 - 'Study of a Horse and Cart' - Pencil & watercolor with gouache and body color on grey wove paper. The Paul Mellon Collection. - Photo: Rosemary Smith © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.


RICHMOND, VA.- Taking its title from a series of drawings and prints by Henry Alken depicting sketches of country life, Scraps: British Sporting Drawings from the Paul Mellon Collection features drawings and watercolors that showcase the passing moments of observation that comprise the rich world of British Sporting Art. The exhibition is on view from June 18th through September 18th,  at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). Works in the exhibition range from pencil sketches which record the artist’s direct observation of animal subjects to more highly finished works which present a more fully developed vision of sport and country life.