Figure Skating

Skating Through Time on a Snow Day

Snow day! Who doesn't love those words? Here in the northeastern United States, we are currently having a nice snow day, which makes it seem like a perfect time to do the second part of the winter paintings series I started around Christmas time. While part one was about winter landscapes, part two is about ice skating paintings!… Continue reading Skating Through Time on a Snow Day

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Advent Calendar 2015 · Art History · Figure Skating

December 9th: Skating Carnival Montreal by William Notman

I've seen this image before, in a book about ice skating history. This work by Scottish-Canadian photographer William Notman (1826-1891) depicts an elaborate gala at Montreal's Victoria Rink in 1870. The event was to honor Prince Albert of the UK. It looks like a painting or print, but it's actually a colored albumen photographic print. I can't get… Continue reading December 9th: Skating Carnival Montreal by William Notman

Art History · Books · Figure Skating

Book Review: Figure Skating and the Arts, Eight Centuries of Sport and Inspiration

When my new boss found out that I'm a figure skater, the first thing he said was "I have a book you really need to see." That book is Figure Skating and the Arts, Eight Centuries of Sport and Inspiration. After locating it amidst the vast inventory of books we work with, he gave it to… Continue reading Book Review: Figure Skating and the Arts, Eight Centuries of Sport and Inspiration

Art History · Figure Skating

An Old Dutch Skating Painting

I found this 19th-century Dutch skating picture in this month's The Magazine Antiques article about Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts, who just sold this work to the Rijksmuseum. The acquisition is so recent that the Rijksmuseum does not yet have an image of the painting on its website, but it does provide this interesting anecdote about… Continue reading An Old Dutch Skating Painting

Figure Skating

Spalding’s Athletic Library – “How to Become a Skater” (1904)

Welcome to the second episode of Meet Alexandra's Skating History Collection! I purchased this book at my first paper show in Allentown, PA in the summer of 2013. It is from Spalding's Athletic Library and is called How to Become a Skater: Figure and Speed Skating. It was published by American Sports Publishing Co. in… Continue reading Spalding’s Athletic Library – “How to Become a Skater” (1904)

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Artistic Activities and Historic Happenings

Once again, I am flabbergasted by others' great interest in the topics I am writing about. I have received lot of awesome feedback and suggestions from readers about pretty much everything I have posted. All of their material is so great that I really wanted to dedicate a post to each one, but they are… Continue reading Artistic Activities and Historic Happenings

Figure Skating · Recommended Links

A History of Glitter and Glamour on Ice

If you are at all interested in figure skating and its history, be sure to check out the IceStage Archive. This website is the work of Roy Blakey, a former show skater who has a vast collection of ice show memorabilia and conducts research into its history. His website provides a fascinating look at the… Continue reading A History of Glitter and Glamour on Ice