The Regency approach to men’s fashion was also influenced by an increasing emphasis on physical activity and fitness as an attractive, gentlemanly enterprise. Driving, horse racing, pedestrianism, boxing, fencing, and hunting were all commonly undertaken. Gymnastics was an option as well. Not all gentlemen participated directly, of course; wagering (including upon the outcomes of sporting activities) was one of the most popular forms of gambling, along with playing cards. The images above the case here depict two major pastimes for Regency gentlemen: hunting and horse racing. Two of the most prominent writers about sporting pastimes, Pierce Egan (pugilism) and George Tattersall (of the most famous Regency stable for acquiring horses, Tattersall’s) have several works in this exhibition.

Works Included

Sporting Sketches

Call number: Q. 743.69 A149s


Call number: 796.83 EG14b

Every Gentleman's Manual

Call number: 796 EG1

The Annals of Sporting and Fancy Gazette

Call numbers: IUB02688, 796.05 AN


Call number: 796.51 T36P

Académie Universelle des Jeux

Call number: 795 Ac121786

The Cracks of the Day

Call number: IUB02686

The New Complete Sportsman

Call number: 790 F16C 1770