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The Field February 2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd The Field is a monthly glossy magazine dedicated to those brave souls who shoot, fish and hunt way beyond the call of duty. Since 1853, its staff has selflessly brought its readers the cream of rural life, be it pheasant shooting, dry-fly fishing or the distinct merits of Cheval Blanc. If you love field sports, errant terriers and very foxy friends at hunt balls, The Field is for you.

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we plough the fields and batter…

YOU may have noticed that January was once again renamed ‘Veganuary’ by the vegan movement. Let me rephrase that: you WILL have head that January was renamed ‘Veganuary’. Because, just like in the old joke (“How do you tell if someone’s vegan? You won’t have to, they’ll tell you”), the ‘Veganuary’ concept is ubiquitous. Despite being only 2% of the population (according to research by Kan-tar Worldpanel), the vegans are masters of publicity. To no-one’s surprise, they have the BBC/Guardian firmly in their pocket, but they have seamlessly infiltrated other somewhat surprising areas of public authority. Take The Times, for instance; once known as the newspaper of record, it could easily be known these days as The Daily Vegan, such is the frequency and intensity of its anti-meat, pro-vegan coverage. Hardly a…

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art in the field

IT is actually a legal requirement that a hunting artist must hunt regularly. No, really, Raoul Millais got it accepted as a tax deductible expense while Dr Geoffrey Sparrow used his hunters to go to work as a country doctor. So it is wonderful that, despite her very contemporary approach to her subject, Sophie Harden is fulfilling her obligations as a sporting artist by getting out with the Pytchley as often as possible. Meanwhile, she has recently been on an artistic safari to Africa, which has filled her sketchbook and camera with unforgettable images to work on back home in her Northamptonshire studio. The trip was something Harden had been hoping to do for several years: “I had gone out to South Africa in my gap year and ended up spending…

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field notes

A rare breed of cattle has been formally recognised as a UK native breed by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST), which should help to secure its future. The dual-purpose Albion has been kept going by a handful of dedicated breeders after foot-and-mouth decimated herds in the 1960s. Numbers are now up to 170 cows in the UK with breeders swapping bulls to avoid inbreeding. Susannah Mannerings, secretary of the Albion Cattle Society, has spent the past eight years amassing data to meet the RBST’s strict criteria. A breed must have 25 years of verifiable pedigree data and have been in existence for at least 76 years to qualify. Mannerings was able to prove the pure-bred line had continued through three dedicated breeders. “This recognition gives the breed a future. We’re now…

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the vyne’s library reinstated

An eight-month restoration project is underway at The Vyne in Hampshire to clean nearly 2,500 books amassed by the Chute family, who lived at the property for more than 300 years. The project is being carried out in front of visitors to the house, which was given to the National Trust in 1956. All the books were put into storage in 2016 while the roof was being repaired. The books are now being assessed individually for pests, mould and physical damage before being cleaned, photographed and returned to the shelves. Topics in the collection range from theology and history to languages and novels, including those of Jane Austen, who knew the Chute family. Among the scribblings discovered is an 18th-century doodle of a Cyclops, published in a book of ancient Greek drama…

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in brief

FIRST BRITISH ST HUBERT WINNER A vet from Suffolk is the first British competitor to win gold at the World St Hubert Championships for working gundogs. Rob Gould, competing as part of Team GB, won first place in the gentleman’s category with his German longhaired pointer, Wamilanghaar Djynn. NEW MASTER GUNMAKER Diana Berry has become the 386th Master of the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers and the first woman to be elected to the role since the Company was granted its Royal Charter by Charles I in 1637. She follows in her late father’s footsteps: W Keith Neal, a world expert on antique firearms, was thrice Master between 1953 and 1974. Diana Berry was installed at the Gunmakers’ annual Nomination Dinner, where guest of honour Sir Nicholas Soames spoke of the tradition and excellence of…

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munnings wartime works on show

A collection of Munnings’ wartime paintings has returned to England for the first time in a century. They are being exhibited at the National Army Museum until 3 March. The exhibition, developed by the Canadian War Museum in partnership with the Munnings Art Museum in Essex, features 43 paintings and sketches covering a range of themes, from horses to the logistics of conflict and bravery. Also on show are items relating to horse care from the National Army Museum’s collection, including clippers and feeding bags. Munnings was unable to sign-up at the start of the First World War due to being blind in one eye. However, in 1917 he secured a position with the Army examining horses at Calcot Park, near Reading. In 1918, the artist was asked to join the Canadian War…