• Victorian & British Impression auction at Christies

    Sale 7788

    Victorian & British Impressionist Pictures Including Drawings and Watercolours

    16 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 14

    Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A, R.W.S., (1878-1959)

    A lady with a fan

    Price Realised  


    Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A, R.W.S., (1878-1959)
    A lady with a fan
    signed 'A. J. Munnings' (lower left)
    pencil and watercolour, heightened with white on paper
    12½ x 6¾ in. (31.7 x 17.1 cm.)

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    Munnings frequently painted dark-haired ladies such as the present sitter in many situations during his time at the Norwich lithography company of Page Brothers. (A similar lady is illustrated opposite p. 96 in An Artist's Life). He served as an apprentice for six years and then executed freelance work creating advertisements and poster designs for companies such as Caley's crackers and chocolate, Colman's mustard and Waverley Cycles. Using his cousin as a model, he depicts a young woman with a fan for a Caley's chocolate advertisement (illustrated in An Artist's Life opposite p. 97).

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    Purchased from the artist by Col. F.E. Walter, Thorpe Market, Norfolk and thence by descent to the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text

    The Property of the Estate of the Late Mrs M.A. Griffin, Sold by Order of the Executors.