Sir Alfred James Munnings

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(British, 1878-1959)

Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) was born in Mendham, Suffolk, to an East Anglian farming family. He first indicated his artistic talent during his apprenticeship to a firm of lithographers in Norfolk, where he studied at Norwich School of Art in the evening. By 1899, he had exhibited two paintings at the Royal Academy.           

After working as an official artist in the First World War, Munnings married and settled permanently at Castle House, in Dedham, Suffolk. Concentrating particularly upon equestrian work, he was so successful in what was, at the time, an unfashionable field, that he rose from his relatively humble beginnings to become both a knight and the President of the Royal Academy between 1944 and 1949.          

Munnings was an enthusiastic horseman and most of his greatest works featured either the racecourse or the hunt. His sporting scenes have developed a reputation as being amongst the greatest of twentieth century. He also painted very personal interpretations of the English countryside, as well as portraits, but these themes tended to be eclipsed by his tremendous success as a sporting artist.          

With Stubbs and Herring, Munnings is one of a trio of the greatest sporting artists of all time. Munnings’s work is now on display at many of the most prestigious galleries and museums in the world.


Study of a Heavy Weight Hunter
Oil on board
12" x 16"
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The Cow Herd
Oil on Canvas
14" x 18"
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A Girl in Cornwall
Pencil Sketch
7" x 9"
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Windsor Races, The Paddock
Pencil Sketch
5" x 6"
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Beer is Best
Pencil Sketch
4.75" x 7"
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Work Horses at Dreux Forest Lumber Camp
Oil on Canvas
20" x 24"
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At Luccombe, Exmoor
Oil on Canvas
14" x 24"
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So Many Horses
Pencil Sketch
6.5" x 8"
SOLD

Exmoor, Ponies in a Landscape
Oil on Canvas
20" x 24"
SOLD

A Girl in a Crinoline
Watercolor Gouache
17" x 7.5"
SOLD