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Painting as a Sport: Keeneland hosts its first show and auction of sporting art masters

This painting of Julius Caesar was painted by John E. Ferneley, Sr., a British artist who lived from 1782-1860. It is an oil on canvas and is signed and dated 1816. Its value is estimated between $75,000 and $100,000. (Photo provided)

This painting of Julius Caesar was painted by John E. Ferneley, Sr., a British artist who lived from 1782-1860. It is an oil on canvas and is signed and dated 1816. Its value is estimated between $75,000 and $100,000. (Photo provided)

 
A sporting person’s tools of the trade are often listed as balls, gloves, bridles, bats or guns, but rarely as paint brushes or chisels.
 
That’s precisely the tools used by the creators of 174 works of sporting art on display at Keeneland.
 
Doors to the Keeneland Sales Pavilion open today, Nov. 18, for a two-day preview of art before a Sporting Art Auction on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m.
 
The artworks on display before being auctioned are all of sports topics and range from American and British paintings to fine sculpture. The public viewing is today and tomorrow, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To view a catalog, click here.
 
To attend the auction, registration is required and a form can be downloaded here or picked up at the Sales Pavilion. Keeneland requests that bidders arrive early to pick up a paddle. The Limestone Café will be open throughout the day for those attending the auction.
 
Keeneland and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington will present the Sporting Art Auction as part of a new collaboration between the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house and a leading gallery of fine sporting art and contemporary British figurative painting.
 
Among the 174 high-quality lots to be offered are pieces by Sir John Frederick Herring Sr., Sir Alfred J. Munnings, Edward Troye, Franklin Voss, Peter Curling and Andre Pater. The auction also includes works by three generations of Wyeths – grandfather N.C., father Andrew and son Jamie – and American painter Mary Cassatt.
 
To learn more, click here.
 
From Keeneland

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