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Catching Sight

The World of the British Sporting Print
Mitchell Merling. With Malcolm Cormack and Corey Piper

BUY Paper · 124 pp. · 9 × 12 · ISBN 9781934351031 · $35.95 · Dec 2013

This collection sheds new light on a common but often overlooked contribution of British art: the sporting print. Highly sought after during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, these prints endure today as vivid, direct, and even witty symbols of English culture. Catching Sight features more than eighty prints and three essays that go beyond the symbolism to examine these works from both art-historical and social perspectives.

Malcolm Cormack details the production and sale of sporting prints; Mitchell Merling explores the aesthetic implications of the sophisticated visual languages employed by sporting artists; and Corey Piper analyzes the meaning of the prints in the larger context of late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century rural society.

Distributed for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

About the Author(s): 

Mitchell Merling is the Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Malcolm Cormack is Paul Mellon Curator Emeritus. Corey Piper is a PhD student in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Virginia and former Curatorial Associate for the Mellon Collection.

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