Sidesaddle: 1690-1935

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Take a journey through 300 years of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper that spotlight the timeless silhouette of the elegant lady aside in the exhibition catalog that accompanies Sidesaddle, 1690-1935 on view at the National Sporting Library & Museum, September 8, 2018-March 24, 2019. In art and sport, the poised equestrienne embodies the essence of elegance, power, and grace. Hidden beneath the skirts of the rider is the sidesaddle; its design has evolved dramatically in response to the physical demands of sporting women requiring a firm seat as they began to meet the challenges of jumping and galloping across the countryside. Co-curators Dr. Ulrike Elisabeth Weiss, Lecturer at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and Claudia P. Pfeiffer, the NSLM’s George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator of Art, present a revealing perspective on the history and culture of women as equestrians beginning in the 15th century through to the 20th century and shed light on this underexamined topic.