Alfred James Munnings

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MUNNINGS Alfred James  Lady On A Hunter Jumping A Hedge

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Alfred James Munnings - Traveler

Alfred James Munnings - Traveler

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Lot number: 77
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Lot 77: Traveler Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) Description: Alfred J. Munnings, who was born in 1878, is considered one of the greatest British equine and sporting painters. He was a great impressionist who depicted every level of the horse and hunt society in which he traveled, from farmhands to the top horses and jockeys of the day. In 1924, Munnings traveled to America aboard the Berengaria. During this trip he completed a number of high-profile commissions, including this portrait of Traveler for Mrs. Hilda Ayer, as well as works for other prominent horsemen and women in New York, and he served on the jury of the Carnegie International exhibition, then a leading contemporary art show held by the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh. "Traveler" is an example displaying the artist blending colors. This work displays the artist's classic composition and was painted near the height of Munnings' career, when prominent commissions and worldwide travel brought him to the country estates of the world's riding and sporting elite. By 1928 Munnings was a full Academician at the Royal Academy in London. In 1924 he was an associate of the RA, and exhibited a portrait with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. His works display technical mastery, deft brushwork, commanding colors, and a deep understanding of his subjects. Hilda Rice Ayer, who commissioned the painting from Munnings, brought Traveler to her residence at Ledyard Farm, Wenham, Massachusetts in the late 1910s. She was a strong outdoorswoman with a love for horses who grew up at Turner Hill in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Hilda married Frederick Ayer in 1914, and Fred, a horseman himself, was a member of the Myopia Hunt Club where he also played polo. Fred was the son of Frederick Ayer, a Boston industrialist whose residence on Commonwealth Avenue was designed by noted American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany. Fred's uncle was Dr. James Ayer, who made a fortune through his patent medicine business, and his sister Beatrice married General George Patton in 1910. Fred's son Frederick Ayer played polo at Harvard, where the Crimson reported a match as "ably supported by Fred Ayer '37," before going on to be Myopia's Captain of Polo. He was on the club's 1938 team that won the New England Championship's W. Cameron Forbes Trophy, the first year of the trophy's existence. The Myopia polo team came in second the next two years. Additionally, Ayer is quoted in Horace A. Laffaye's "Polo in the United States: A History." Traveler's portrait hung at Ledyard Farm until Hilda's death in 1978, at which point the painting traveled down through the family, hanging at Great Elm Farm in Wenham, Massachusetts, with Hilda and Fred's son Neil Rice Ayer. Upon his death in 1990, the painting passed to his wife, Helen Harrison Ayer. In 1973, Neil and Helen Ayer were invited to the wedding of fellow equestrians Princess Anne and Capt. Mark Phillips by the Queen of England. Ledyard Farm, where Munnings saw and painted Traveler in 1924, is currently an equestrian cross country riding destination with an emphasis on three day eventing. The first international three day event in the United States was held at Ledyard in 1973, and the farm continues to honor Hilda's love of horses and horsemanship. Notes: signed "A. J. Munnings" lower left Provenance: Frederick and Hilda Rice Ayer, Ledyard Farm, Wenham, Massachusetts Neil Rice Ayer, Great Elm Farm, Wenham, Massachusetts Helen Harrison Ayer, by descent Dimensions: oil on board, 20 by 24 in. Artist or Maker: Sir Alfred James Munnings (English 1878-1959) Literature: Horace A. Laffaye, "Polo in the United States: A History," Jefferson, NC, 2011. Medium: oil on board, 20 by 24 in. Date: 1924
Alfred James Munnings - Study For Early Morning

Alfred James Munnings - Study For Early Morning

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Lot number: 297
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‡ Sir Alfred James Munnings K.C.V.O., P.R.A. (1878-1959) Study for Early Morning, Newmarket Heath Oil on panel, unframed 51 x 61cm; 20 x 24in This is a preparatory sketch from the summer of 1947 when Sir Alfred Munnings spent many hours sketching grooms exercising racehorses on the gallops at Newmarket ++One or two dimples to board near margins, some chipping to board margins, good condition
Alfred James Munnings - Withypool By The Barle, Exmoor

Alfred James Munnings - Withypool By The Barle, Exmoor

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Lot number: 61
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Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. 1878-1959 WITHYPOOL BY THE BARLE, EXMOOR signed l.l.: A.J. MUNNINGS; inscribed and dated on the reverse: Withypool-By the Barle-Exmoor 1940 oil on board 46 by 61cm., 18 by 24in. Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Provenance Frost and Reed, London; Private collection Exhibited Bournemouth, Russell Cotes Art Gallery, 1955, no.1012; Royal Academy, Sir Alfred Munnings, 1956, no.387 Catalogue Note In the final volume of his autobiography, The Finish (Museum Press Ltd., London, 1952), Sir Alfred Munnings recalls fondly his trips to Exmoor and to the wooded banks of the Barle at Withypool (see pp.50, 66, 72 and 102). Munnings would spend several months at a time with his wife in a house rented from the local farmer and explore the surrounding countryside on horseback: 'What rides! and what respite, resting by a running stream at the bottom of a far-off combe, eating food out of a paper bag, and afterwards drinking from the stream' (The Finish, p.50). In the present work we sense the great pleasure of such a setting - a young boy fishing on the bank, the sound of the stream, a blue sky and dove-coloured clouds - rendered in bold, energetic brushstrokes and flashes of colour. See More See Less
Alfred James Munnings -  Lady On A Hunter Jumping A Hedge

Alfred James Munnings - Lady On A Hunter Jumping A Hedge

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Lot number: 228
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*Sir Alfred James Munnings PRA RWS (1878-1959)A LADY ON A HUNTER JUMPING A HEDGESigned and dated 1906 l.r., watercolour and bodycolour27 x 36cmProvenance: Dominick Harrod Esq.; thence by descent*Artist````s Resale Right may apply to this lot.CONDITION REPORT: Not viewed out of glazed frame. Painting loose in mount. Lower and right edges show where it has been previously attached to mount. Not major faults to condition of painting.Provenance - Dominick Harrod esq thence by descent - BBC Economics correspondent, died last year.
Alfred James Munnings - Cattle Grazing Before Hay Waggons In A Landscape

Alfred James Munnings - Cattle Grazing Before Hay Waggons In A Landscape

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Lot number: 19
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Sir Alfred James Munnings, PRA, RWS (British, 1878-1959) Cattle grazing before hay waggons in a landscape signed 'A. J. Munnings' (lower left), watercolour 22.5 x 33cm (8 7/8 x 13in). Footnotes Although the present lot is not apparently dated, it appears to be an early work, bearing close comparrison to two works offered in Bonhams' Modern British Irish and East Anglian Art auction of 19 November 2013, lots 65, 66, dated 1901, 1899 respectively. The foreground regression is cleverly achieved with punctuated wildflowers, the same trick of perspective is used to good effect in the foreground of one of Munnings' first great Royal Academy pictures 'A Suffolk Horse Fair' of 1901.
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