Kurt A. Dolnier (Contemporary American) Oceanside Excursion archival pigment print on archival paper 8 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches signed and numbered Edition of 25
Kurt A. Dolnier is an Advertising Photographer who is no stranger to Coaching and the Newport Mansions having published the Newport Mansions book in 2010 under the auspices of The Newport Preservation Society. Those photographs create an early 20th Century light in the Breakers, the Marble House, the Elms and Rosecliff; as if color film had existed in the early 20th Century. These photographs, taken over the course of over fifteen years, expand upon that feeling to bring you into the intimate world of coaching in Newport.
THE HISTORY OF COACHING
The tradition of coaching grew out of the 18th and 19th century mail runs in England, which later made their way across the Atlantic to the United States. The horse-drawn mail coaches were eventually replaced by railroads, but nostalgia led to the development of coaching as a sport. The Coaching Club of New York was formed in the latter part of the 19th century and became part of the social fabric of Newport in the summer. The Belmonts, Vanderbilts and Wetmores were all active members.