National horseracing museum collection

A New Age

A New Age

In the early twentieth century, amid war, urbanisation and industrialisation, artists such as Lionel Edwards and Sir Alfred Munnings devoted their careers to capturing the essence of rural sporting Britain. Bright palettes and Impressionist-style brushwork vividly capture an idyllic view of sporting pursuits during this period.

A wider range of artists, interested in capturing aspects of everyday life, occasionally experiment with sporting subjects. From rural fairs and horse sales through to football stadiums and boxing rings, artists employ a range of new perspectives and stylistic influences in the exploration of early twentieth-century sporting Britain. 

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