National Sporting Library & Museum

102 The Plains Road, Middleburg, VA 20117 - United States




Founded in 1954, the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) is located in Middleburg, the heart of Virginia’s beautiful hunt country. The inviting, 6-acre campus, world-class research Library, and fine art Museum highlight the rich heritage and tradition of country pursuits. Angling, horsemanship, shooting, steeplechasing, foxhunting, flat racing, polo, coaching, and wildlife are among the subjects one can explore in the institution’s general stacks, rare book holdings, archives, and art collection. The NSLM offers a wide variety of educational programs, exhibitions, and family activities throughout the year.


On view at the NSLM

Phyllis Mills Wyeth: A Celebration
"Phyllis Mills Wyeth: A Celebration" is a memorial exhibition celebrating the life of Phyllis Mills Wyeth (November 13, 1940–January 14, 2019) and features a selection of portraits created by her husband, contemporary artist Jamie Wyeth. From the late 1960s, and throughout the decades of their marriage, Phyllis Wyeth was his muse. He created intimate works that capture moments from her life. The exhibition reflects Phyllis’ vibrant spirit and love of nature, horses, and her ever-present dogs. It features 31 paintings and drawings, ranging from Jamie Wyeth’s first portrait of her (Phyllis Mills, 1967)—depicted outdoors and covered in fallen leaves—to more recent work, such as the lushly painted "Overslept" (2018). The artist captured the many facets of his wife’s remarkable life, from her accomplishments as a carriage driver, as shown in "Into the Gorge" (1975) and "Connemara Four" (1991), to her success as a Thoroughbred horse breeder and owner, most notably in "Winner’s Circle, Belmont Stakes" (2012). The latter celebrates the win of her champion horse, Union Rags, at that illustrious race in 2012. Paintings such as "Catching Pollen" (2012), "Stealing Holly from the Irénées"(2016), and "Southern Light" (1994), attest to Phyllis Wyeth’s love of the outdoors and the distinctive landscapes surrounding her at home in Pennsylvania and in Maine. Also on view are a selection of intimate domestic scenes, painted as Christmas gifts from her husband, and depicting her beloved dogs.

Special Tours for Museum Day with Claudia Pfeiffer, George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Head Curator

10:30 AM: "Phyllis Mills Wyeth: A Celebration"
1:30 PM: NSLM Permanent Collection Highlights
3:30 PM: "Phyllis Mills Wyeth: A Celebration"

The Library is open and free to the public with a special exhibition of angling ephemera on view.

[Image Credit: Jamie Wyeth (American, b. 1946) Sable (1988), oil and gesso on panel, 30 x 40 inches on loan from The Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth Collection]

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