National horseracing museum collection

The King's Sitting Room

The King's Sitting Room

A Golden Age

By the end of the eighteenth century, the rural sporting landscape was changing. Transformed by agriculture, the British countryside was becoming an ideal setting for foxhunting. The introduction of new hedges and fences, erected to enclose the land for farming, created challenging obstacles to be jumped.

With ever-improving transport networks, the countryside was becoming more accessible to a wider variety of people. The art of the period captures the broader range of sports that were on offer.

The growing popularity of sport in Britain increased the demand for affordable sporting art. Sporting imagery began to appear everywhere, from high art to everyday objects. 

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