Celebrating the horse in art

  • A new exhibition will celebrate the horse through a range of art and antiques

    An exhibition of modern and traditional equestrian art and memorabilia, “A celebration of the horse“, is being held in Pentworth, West Sussex, from 25 May to 11 August.

    Organised jointly by Richard Gardner Antiques and Saddlers Row Gallery, the exhibition of around 300 items includes painting and sculpture as well as books, porcelain, games and other unusual items.

    The exhibition is designed to be of interest to equestrian enthusiasts and art lovers of all ages,” says Richard Gardner. “As well as a wide range of fine art and antiques, the exhibition will include arange of unusual items such as measuring sticks, walking sticks, cigar lighters, saddles, boots and carvings.”

    Equestrian fine art on display includes contemporary work by Malcolm Coward, Chris Bruce, Sally Martin, Nikki Stevens, GillParker and William Newton in a range of mediums, styles and techniques.

    Equestrian scenes by Stanley Anderson, Thomas Percy Earl, Fortunino Mantania, George Wright and Vilhelm Velton will also be on show, alongside bronzes by the leading animal sculptors of the 19th century including M‰ne, Baryre, Willis Good, Bonheur, Lenordez and Delabrirre.

    The exhibition is designed to evolve throughout its duration,” continues Richard. “Enthusiasts who visit more than once can look forward to enjoying a different experience on each occasion.”

    A series of events including carriage rides, miniature horse displays and sculpture days are also taking place during the two-and-a-half month exhibition.

    For more information (tel:01798 343411) or visit www.richardgardnerantiques.co.uk

  • Some impressive equestrian paintings are on show in Somerset House’s exhibition The Genius of Caspar David Friedrich: German Romantic art for Russian Imperial Palaces, which is open until 18 August.

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