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A much-anticipated summer of sporting events has been cancelled, leaving fans bereft and television schedules full of Best Sporting Moment countdowns. While this undoubtedly means significantly less coverage of Andy Murray's hip than most of us expected in 2020, and despite some events resuming behind closed doors, for many enthusiasts such silver linings just cannot compensate for the mostly sport-free summer to come.

1878–1879, oil, essence, gouache & pastel on paper by Edgar Degas (1834–1917)

Framed print of 'Jockeys before the Race'

1878–1879, oil, essence, gouache & pastel on paper by Edgar Degas (1834–1917)

OK, so we can't bring back the Olympics, Euro 2020 or Wimbledon, but our selection of sport-themed prints from the Art UK Shop features beautiful artworks of various physical endeavours that won't be the same this year, like cricket, horse racing and sailing, and may just provide a glimmer of interest to help fill the void.

It's a somewhat calmer pursuit admittedly (we certainly won't be creating any edge-of-seat, watching-through-fingers, emotional-rollercoaster moments that come with the sports fan territory) but nonetheless one which we hope will bring a little joy to the most ardent and disappointed of sports fanatics.

And so, in honour of the well-worn TV format, here are our Top Ten Art UK Shop Sporting Highlights (feel free to hum an appropriate theme tune of your choice)...

1869, oil on canvas by Gabriel Loppé (1825–1913)

Framed print of 'View from Mont Blanc Summit, Sunrise'

1869, oil on canvas by Gabriel Loppé (1825–1913)

With climbing due to make its hotly anticipated Olympic debut in Tokyo, disappointed fans may be reinvigorated with this stunning painting of mountaineers enjoying the sunrise at the summit of Mont Blanc.

oil on board by William Brown MacDougall (1869–1936)

Framed print of 'Norfolk Regatta'

oil on board by William Brown MacDougall (1869–1936)

Perhaps not strictly a sport, but this lovely painting from the Atkinson Art Gallery Collection is comfortingly reminiscent of the English seaside summer, with a nod to the sailing races that we will be missing this year.

1888, oil on canvas by Charles Edward Perugini (1839–1918)

Framed print of 'A Summer Shower'

1888, oil on canvas by Charles Edward Perugini (1839–1918)

Who hasn't had to make a dash for the nearest tree mid-game thanks to the reliably unreliable British summer weather? This painting of an interrupted badminton game is also a reminder of the significant social and technological progress that has thankfully led to the invention of athleisurewear.

Framed print of 'Sebastian Coe, Baron Coe'

Framed print of 'Sebastian Coe, Baron Coe'

1984, oil on canvas by Martin H. Rose (b.1946)

Completed in 1984, the year Sebastian Coe won his second successive Olympic 1,500 metres gold medal, this thoughtful painting is a reminder of a golden age of middle-distance running, when Coe's rivalries with fellow Britons Steve Ovett and Steve Cram dominated the sport.

Framed print of 'Sport on the Shore – A Crab Race'

Framed print of 'Sport on the Shore – A Crab Race'

oil on canvas by Harold C. Harvey (1874–1941)

At the complete opposite end of the sporting spectrum, this quaint painting demonstrates the sort of activity that may actually be allowed this year – as long as social distancing guidance is followed of course.

Framed print of 'Darcey Bussell'

Framed print of 'Darcey Bussell'

1994, oil on canvas by Allen Jones (b.1937)

Getting a bit tenuous now... but with reports that this year's Strictly Come Dancing is set for a shorter series, dance fans can get their fix with this beautiful portrait of former judge Dame Darcey Bussell.

after 1860, oil on canvas by James Howe Carse (1819–1900)

Framed print of 'Opening Game of the Oldham Subscription Bowling Green, Frankhill, 1860'

after 1860, oil on canvas by James Howe Carse (1819–1900)

Back to actual sport of sorts with this wonderfully nostalgic painting, which – apart from the outfits and glaring lack of diversity – could be depicting any pre-lockdown Sunday afternoon in the local park.

c.1912, oil on canvas by James Dickson Innes (1887–1914)

Framed print of 'The Ring'

c.1912, oil on canvas by James Dickson Innes (1887–1914)

The viewer sits as a participant in the crowd in this absorbing painting by James Dickson Innes, which may be a small comfort to boxing fans as events resume behind closed doors.

Framed print of 'The Unsaddling Enclosure, Epsom'

Framed print of 'The Unsaddling Enclosure, Epsom'

oil on board by Alfred James Munnings (1878–1959)

If horseracing is your thing then this delightfully evocative painting by Alfred Munnings, known as one of England's finest painters of horses, could be the perfect print for you.

Framed print of 'Cricket Match at Edenside, Carlisle'

Framed print of 'Cricket Match at Edenside, Carlisle'

c.1844, oil on canvas by Samuel Bough (1822–1878)

Cricket is another sport looking set for a spectator-free return. This painting is an important historical record of a cricket match, as it shows the players' outfits which included a top hat, making it a fascinating gift for enthusiasts of the game who are missing out this year.

If you're inspired by our choice of sporting highlights, our full range of prints is available to browse on the Art UK Shop.

We're still open for business (while adhering to all COVID-19 government guidance and best practice) and all purchases directly support our partner museums, galleries, charities and trusts that care for the nation's art.

Alexandra Colton, Online Shop Officer at Art UK