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Alfred James Munnings

United Kingdom (1878 -  1959 ) Wikipedia® : Alfred James Munnings
MUNNINGS Alfred James My Mother's Ass

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Alfred James Munnings -  Horses With Carriages

Alfred James Munnings - Horses With Carriages

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Munnings, Alfred J. attrib. (Great Britain, 1878-1959). Late 19th / early 20th century. Watercolor and pencil on paper. Watercolor sketches of horses with carriages. One of two signed l.l. "A.J.M." 5 1/2" x 9 3/8". Matted and framed under glass: 14 1/2" x 17 7/8". Condition: Not examined out of frame.
Alfred James Munnings - Augereau And Shrimp At The Ford

Alfred James Munnings - Augereau And Shrimp At The Ford

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Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. 1878-1959 AUGEREAU AND SHRIMP AT THE FORD signed and dated l.r.: A. J. Munnings/ 1908 watercolour with bodycolour over pencil 30 by 46cm., 12 by 18in. Catalogue Note The subject of horses plashing across the shallows of a ford was one that fascinated Munnings and he produced a series of variants of the present picture. Augereau and Shrimp at the Ford is a recent rediscovery and one of the finest watercolours made early in the evolution of the series. Another contemporary watercolour entitled Crossing the Ford (sold in these rooms, 10 May 2012, lot 70) and an oil with the same title (Sotheby's, New York, 2 December 2005, lot 134) include the prominent figure of Munnings' colt Augereau in the same position as he appears in the present picture. As the series progressed, Munnings changed the arrangements of the horses considerably and a gypsy boy named Shrimp was repositioned throughout the picture. Here he is forcefully leaning the horses forward with a powerful surge of movement. Munnings is known to have painted three large versions of The Ford, one of which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1911. The paintings depict a group of ponies being led across a ford, emerging from the water and confronting the viewer at close quarters. Munnings was a staunch advocate of painting en plein air and the pictures held an important place in the artist's oeuvre when he was able to experiment with his observations of the horses as they repeatedly crossed the shallow waters in front of him and he rapidly captured the effects. The artist wrote in 1950; 'I still possess those large five-foot studies. Looking at them now brings back the scene afresh. I hear myself shouting "Hi! Wake that dun horse; shove his head up!" or, to a boy with a pole, "Keep the water moving" (A.J. Munnings, An Artist's Life, 1950, p. 239). Two of these pictures are now in the collections of Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum in Dedham. The finished painting to which they and the present watercolour relate is now in the collection of Lord Lloyd Webber (Christie's, 12 June 2002, lot 6). The oil paintings depicting horses at a ford were painted in the summer of 1910 in the Ringland Hills, but this watercolour and the watercolour Crossing the Ford are dated two years previously and are therefore early precursors of the oils. He wrote of these pictures; 'On grey days my subject was by the shallow edge of the millstream, where farm-horses watered ... The grey-weather subject I prepared for was The Ford - grey water and dark reflections broken by lines of the current. Again what a subject! ... Standing on rising ground, looking down on the leading ponies coming out of the water, I spaced the design - cutting out the sky - using the distant country for the top portion of the picture. Ponies, water, reflections, filled the rest of the space'. Although he enjoyed painting the dappled effects of sunshine through trees and the brilliant radiance of sunlit summer days, at this time he revelled in the effects of light seen through grey skies and was frustrated when the sun shone; 'A grey ceiling of cloud - calm, serene - all was well. Then that ceiling would begin to break - silvery fissures appeared, the sun shone! Who is to describe the misery of seeing such complete, relentless transformation of everything?' (op. cit., p. 239). The present picture is one of the earliest depictions of the beautiful white pony Augereau which became the principle equestrian model for Munnings' paintings. He was named by Munnings after seeing a matinee performance of a play called 'A Royal Divorce' in which a character continuously exclaims, "I swear it on the word of an Augereau." Driving the pony home after the theater late at night, whenever the pony misbehaved, Munnings and his groom would correct him and exclaim, "I swear it on the word of an Augereau!". Augereau, wrote Munnings, 'not only [brought] me wealth, but [earned] his keep a hundredfold.' The groom who appears in many of Munnings pictures of that period was, in Munnings' words 'an undersized, rough, artful young brigand' who 'slept under the caravan with the dogs'. The pictures of fords are studies in earth tones and painted with great energy that captures both the movement of the horses and also of the water beneath their hooves which is particularly animated in this watercolour. Munnings had been fascinated by water since his childhood and was interested in trying to capture the ripples and currents of the water as it travelled its course or was disturbed by the movement of animals in the shallows. The paintings of horses crossing fords depict the pinnacle of this interest as Munnings distilled the subjects to include little landscape and to focus almost entirely on the movement of the horses and the water. Munnings had a profound and intimate knowledge of horses and a finely-tuned understanding of their behaviour. It was this interest and love of the subject that he depicted that gave his paintings their conviction and energy. He never tired of painting horses and their riders and summer after summer he painted ponies. His understanding of their various natures and moods meant that he was able to observe the differences between them and capture their character as a successful portrait painter could capture the personalities of their human sitters.
Alfred James Munnings - A Suffolk Pastoral - The River Dove With A Distant Clover Field

Alfred James Munnings - A Suffolk Pastoral - The River Dove With A Distant Clover Field

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Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (1878-1959) A Suffolk pastoral - the River Dove with a distant clover field signed and dated 'A.J. Munnings/1909' (lower left) oil on canvas 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 70 cm.) Provenance Anonymous sale; Bonhams & Brooks, Mundford, 24 November 2001, lot 127.
Alfred James Munnings - My Mother's Ass

Alfred James Munnings - My Mother's Ass

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Description: SIR ALFRED MUNNINGS (british 1878-1959)/span "MY MOTHER'S ASS" Titled, signed 'A J Munnings' and dated '01' bottom right; also with artist and title on label verso, watercolor and pencil on paper 7 x 9 3/4 in. (17.8 x 24.8cm) provenance: /spanCromer Antique Gallery, Norfolk, England. H.J. Quigley Antiques, South Australia. Acquired from the above, 2001. Private Collection, Florida.
Alfred James Munnings - Dandy - Willoughby Hancock's Little Dog

Alfred James Munnings - Dandy - Willoughby Hancock's Little Dog

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Sir Alfred James Munnings, PRA, RWS (British, 1878-1959) 'Dandy - Willoughby Hancock's little dog' inscribed as titled in pencil verso, further inscribed 'Painted by A;lfred Munnings P.R.A. 1944' (verso), oil on panel 40 x 32cm (15 3/4 x 12 5/8in). Footnotes The present lot is a working oil for the portrait 'Miss Hancock, seated smoking with a dog in an interior' in Munnings House Museum, Dedham. The lot is accompanied by a solicitor's letter dated 14th January 1959 dealing with the will of the late Mr Willoughby Hancock, reading '...To the said Florence Emily Valance my small picture by Sir Alfred Munnings known as 'The empty chair'...'. Provenance By family descent from Florence Emily Valance
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