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Alfred James Munnings

United Kingdom (1878 -  1959 ) Wikipedia® : Alfred James Munnings
MUNNINGS Alfred James The Horse Stables

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Alfred James Munnings - Master R.p. Harvey On Ladybird

Alfred James Munnings - Master R.p. Harvey On Ladybird

Original 1908
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Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S., P.R. MASTER R.P. HARVEY ON LADYBIRD 1878-1959 signed and dated l.l.: A.J. Munnings/ 1908; inscribed u.r.: MASTER R.P. HARVEY/ ON "LADYBIRD"/ 1908 oil on canvas 48 by 57cm., 19 by 22.5in. Provenance Frost & Reed, London Catalogue Note \\\‘Although they [horses] have given me much trouble and many sleepless nights, they have been my supporters, friends – my destiny in fact. Looking back at my life, interwoven with theirs – painting them, feeding them, riding them, thinking about them – I hope that I have learned something of their ways.\\\’ Stanley Booth, Sir Alfred Munnings 1878-1959, 1978, p.16 Master R.P. Harvey on Ladybird is one of the earliest equestrian portraits by Munnings, painted whilst he was living in the Norfolk village of Swainsthorpe, having returned from training in the ateliers of Paris. Swainsthorpe lies five miles from Norwich and for ten pounds a year Munnings rented part of a farmhouse from a relative, where he built a studio. These early years in Norfolk were idyllic days painting the jovial dealers and their ponies at the horse fairs, and depicting the animals plashing across fords and grazing in the sunlit meadows; \\\‘During those years, Mendham village, its corners, by-lanes and meadows were my painting grounds. In or out of sight of a road or footpath, a canvas and an easel, with models posing as I worked, became an everyday occurrence. A passer-by said \\\“Good morning\\\”, but no more thought of staying to take a look than he would at a man cutting a fence.\\\’ (Sir Alfred Munnings, An Artist\\\’s Life, 1950, p.166) Painting expeditions of up to thirty or forty miles were made into the Ringland Hills and along the River Waveney in Suffolk, often accompanied by a group of seven or eight ponies and a donkey, a few grooms, a blue caravan and a cart loaded with canvases and painting equipment. We do not know the identity of Master Harvey - he is not mentioned in the books on Munnings. Munnings wrote \\\‘it would take a volume rather than a chapter to describe in detail the small commissions I received in my youth.\\\’ (ibid p.178) It was painted in those care-free days before the horrors of WWI and captures an innocent age that was about to face a great challenge. It is likely that Master Harvey would have served in the war but records have not been found.
Alfred James Munnings - Going To The Meet

Alfred James Munnings - Going To The Meet

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Lot number: 90
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Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (1878-1959) Going to the Meet: Captain F.G. Chamberlin and his sister on Mousehold Heath, Norwich signed and dated 'A.J. Munnings 1907' (lower left) oil on canvas 50 x 65 ½ in. (127 x 166.4 cm.) Going to the Meet: Captain F.G. Chamberlin and his Sister is one of the most ambitious canvases that Munnings had attempted to this date and certainly one of the largest commissions. Previously, he had painted A Suffolk Horse Fair (1901, Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum) and The Vagabonds (1902, Private Collection) both of which measured 50 x 80 inches, but neither were commissions, which by their very nature were always more demanding. Although Munnings' style was clearly recognisable at an early stage, there is considerable variation in his paint application in the early years of the 20th Century. This work clearly draws on the conventions of John Charlton and Charles Wellington Furse whilst setting the scene for what became the most important strand of his work in the 1920s. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1907 along with another work dating from 1905 entitled Charlotte's Pony (Private Collection) which showed the influence of Henry Herbert La Thangue, whose densely worked surfaces were intended to convey the flicker of sunlight on foliage. The glistening highlights on the horses in the present work clearly illustrate the fluidity of Munnings' brushwork which became a hallmark of his work. Munnings had already established a reputation as a painter of hunting scenes, for which he used various grooms. These began in 1902 with a suite of four pictures now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 1907 he also undertook Huntsman in Cover (Private Collection) which shows similar long and determined brushstrokes as in the present work and also follows the same compositional construction where the figure and horse dominate the picture plane and thus have a monumentality and importance that is absent from much 19th Century sporting art. Later he abandons this format in favour of presenting his sitters in the context of their property, drawing on the traditions of 18th Century portraiture. Another effective compositional element, again breaking with tradition, giving a sense of spontaneity is the position of the head of the near horse. The hunter stretches his head and neck, probably in an attempt to loosen the tension on the reins. The lowered head mimics the movement of the front leg of the other horse and it also creates an arch from its hind leg, giving a sense of movement to the composition. The evocative setting of Mousehold Heath, which lies to the north east of the city, ties this picture into the great tradition of Norwich School painting and was a location immortalised by the Norwich School artists including John Crome and John Sell Cotman a century earlier. Captain F.G. Chamberlin was the scion of the eponymous and long established Norwich drapers and manufacturers, Messrs. Chamberlin Sons & Co. He was a member of the Volunteer Battalion of the Norfolk Regiment. He fought in the Boer War and at the time this painting was undertaken he was the Sheriff of Norwich in 1907. We are grateful to Lorian Peralta-Ramos for her assistance in preparing this catalogue entry. This work will be included in her forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the works of Sir Alfred Munnings.
Alfred James Munnings -  Working Horse In Suffolk Farm Scene

Alfred James Munnings - Working Horse In Suffolk Farm Scene

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Lot number: 18
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Sir Alfred Munnings (British 1878-1959) Working horse in Suffolk farm scene Watercolour and gouache over traces of pencil, heightened with white Signed, lower left 16.5 x 23.5cm (6 1/2 x 9 1/4in.) Provenance: with The Walton Gallery, London; Acquired from the above by the present owner In overall good condition. Unexammined out of glazed frame.
Alfred James Munnings - The Horse Stables

Alfred James Munnings - The Horse Stables

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Lot number: 79
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SIR ALFRED MUNNINGS (british 1878-1959) THE HORSE STABLES Signed ''A J Munnings'' bottom left, oil on canvas 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61cm) Private Collection, Virginia. An outspoken critic of modernism, Sir Alfred Munnings was one of England''s most important equine painters of the first half of the 20th century. He was associated with the Newlyn School of artists and was highly successful as a painter of commissioned horse portraits. A Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order and President of the Royal Academy, he was represented by agents Frost & Reed during his lifetime. The present work may relate to a watercolor study entitled "Stabled Horses" and annotated ''Labergement'', painted in 1918 and in the collection of The Munnings Art Museum in Dedham, United Kingdom. Based on the latter work, the present lot 79 is likely to have been painted in France during 1918. There are two places in the Jura region of France where Munnings is know to have visited during his war artist commission: L''Abergement near Lons Le Saunier, and Labergement-Sainte-Marie near Malbuison. We would like to thank The Munnings Art Museum for their assistance in cataloguing this lot.
Alfred James Munnings - British Studies

Alfred James Munnings - British Studies

Original 1936
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Lot number: 75
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Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. BRITISH STUDIES FOR 'LORD ASTOR'S HORSES' AND 'THE WHITE 'UN' 1878-1959 one sheet signed, inscribed, and dated "Jock" / ridden by H.M. King George V / for 9 years / a memento of Bygone Days for French from A. J. Munnings / Oct.16.1936 pencil on paper, twenty three sheets of studies (eleven with studies also on the verso), sleeved and in a mahogany presentation box sight: 7 1/2 by 5 in. sight: 19.1 by 12.7 cm
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