This is the main chapter in the publication accompanying the exhibition “Sidesaddle 1690-1935” at the National Sporting Library and Museum (Sept 2018-March 2019) which I co-curated. Taking a German Baroque riding manual of 1678 as its starting point, the chapter examines the status quo of female equestrianism at this crucial period, then provides an overview of its history from when ladies first began to sit aside around 1400 to the final transformation of the sidesaddle to its current shape in the second quarter of the 19th century. The study draws on portraits, fashion, riding manuals caricatures as well as on surviving examples of saddles to delineate the technical development of this object and to read it as material manifestation of gender history.
|Title of host publication
|Ulrike Elisabeth Weiss, Claudia P. Pfeiffer
|Place of Publication
|National Sporting Library and Museum
|Number of pages
|Published - 1 Sept 2018
- equestrianism, female equestrianism, gender history, side-saddle, female portrait, fashion, riding habit, hunting, riding manual, caricature, book of hours, tapestry, queenship