1955 - 1985
The Sporting Gallery,
founded fifty years ago by the late R. Gordon Barton, an eminent authority on sporting art, was among the first in North America to focus on animal (especially canine), equestrian and sporting art and set high standards for itself froom the outset. By providing the local, national and international markets with high-quality work, from contemporary artists to masters like Stubbs and Sir Alfred Munnings, the gallery met with great success and is a testament to his vision. Today, it is one of the oldest galleries of its kind in North America.
1985 - Present
Mr. Barton retired in 1985 and passed the reins to his daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Gregory Dubenitz. Both had been involved with the art business for over 30 years. Elizabeth worked as a researcher for the late Paul Mellon at his private collection in Virginia. In 1979 she and her husband opened their own gallery in Warrenton, Virginia, which they ran for over 20 years. They took over ownership of the Sporting Gallery in 1985.
The Dubenitzes enjoy working with both the seasoned and novice collector and pride themselves in running a friendly and approachable gallery. Visitors will always find a nice selection of 19th and early 20th century English and American paintings and bronzes, as well as a distinguished collection of work by leading contemporary artists. The gallery is proud to represent painters Valerie Hinz, Adriano Manocchia, Fay Moore and Peter Sculthorpe, and sculptors Peggy Kauffman, Phyllida Meachan (UK) and Rod Zullo.
Inventory normally includes paintings, bronzes and collectibles depicting:
- Animals (cats, dogs, chickens, cows, sheep, donkeys, etc.)
- Horses (draft horses, ponies, horses in sport, etc.)
- Wildlife (African, North American)
- Still-lifes (antique and contemporary)
- Landscapes (antique and contemporary)
The gallery is located in the historic Duffy House (built circa 1820) in the center of Middleburg, Virginia. This uniquely beautiful building provides a perfect setting for the display of fine paintings and sculpture. Often described as comfortable and inviting, most rooms have a separate fireplace with antique mantle, hardwood floor and heart of pine paneling. This unique gallery has been featured in the following publications: Architectural Digest, Spur, The Equine Image and Hounds.
The picturesque village of Middleburg, Virginia and the surrounding countryside have been called the "Leicestershire of America" because of the striking similarity to the landscape of rural England. Six recognized and private foxhunting clubs are located within 15 miles of Middleburg and it is home to a number of important steeplechasing and horse show events. It also serves as a "hub" for many well-known international three-day events and grand prix riders. It is frequently called the "nation's horse and hunt capital" and attracts visitors from across the United States and around the world.
Hours of Operation
Please call the gallery for hours. They are subject to change depending on the season. Appointments are highly encouraged. (540) 687-6447