Sir Alfred Munnings (Mendham 1878 - Dedham 1959)

Sir Alfred Munnings - The Leaders
The Leaders Watercolour
Signed and dated 1911
40 x 55.2 cm
15 3/4 x 21 3/4 inch
Sir Alfred Munnings - Rosie and Hazel Buxton meeting the Dunston Harriers
Rosie and Hazel Buxton meeting the Dunston Harriers Oil on canvas

50.8 x 61 cm
20 x 24 inch
Sir Alfred Munnings - Early morning, Newmarket
Early morning, Newmarket Oil on panel
Signed
46.4 x 90.8 cm
18 1/4 x 35 3/4 inch
Sir Alfred Munnings - The Start
The Start Oil on board

40.6 x 50.8 cm
16 x 20 inch
Sir Alfred Munnings - Gypsies on the Downs
Gypsies on the Downs Oil on canvas
Signed
50.8 x 61 cm
20 x 24 inch
Sir Alfred Munnings - The Yellow Jockey
The Yellow Jockey Oil on panel
Signed
50.8 x 61 cm
20 x 24 inch
Sir Alfred Munnings - The Ford
The Ford Oil on canvas
Signed and dated 1910
35.6 x 45.7 cm
14 x 18 inch
Sir Alfred Munnings - Winter sunshine: huntsman by a covert
Winter sunshine: huntsman by a covert Oil on canvas
Signed
50.8 x 61 cm
20 x 24 inch
Biography
Biography

Born in Mendham, Suffolk, Alfred Munnings was the son of a miller. He was apprenticed to a firm of lithographers from 1893 to 1898 and studied at the Norwich School of Art and in Paris. There Munnings was impressed with plein-air naturalism; this, together with his introduction to the racecourse in 1899, influenced the themes for which he became famous.


While in Mendham, Munnings painted many scenes of country life, particularly horse fairs. He went to Cornwall in 1908, and for many years was an important addition to the Newlyn School of artists. When the First World War broke out, Munnings enlisted, despite having the use of only one eye owing to an accident in 1899. He became an army horse trainer near Reading and later went to France as an official war artist, attached to the Canadian Cavalry Brigade.


The year 1919 was a major turning-point in all aspects of Munnings's life; he painted his first racehorse, Pothlyn, the winner of the Grand National, and became an Associate of the Royal Academy. Munnings met Violet McBride, whom he was to marry, and bought Castle House, Dedham, where the Munnings Memorial Trust maintains a permanent exhibition of his pictures. Munnings's prolific career, spanning over 60 years, brought him honour, with election to the Presidency of the Royal Academy in 1944, a Knighthood in 1945, and a personal award from the Sovereign in 1947, when Munnings was created Knight of the Royal Victorian Order.


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