• Victorian & British Impression auction at Christies

    Sale 7788

    Victorian & British Impressionist Pictures Including Drawings and Watercolours

    16 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 10

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

    The road to the fair

    Price Realised  


    Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S., (1878-1959)
    The road to the fair
    signed and dated 'A. J. Munnings/1910' (lower left) and inscribed 'The road to the Fair' (on the reverse)
    pencil, watercolour and bodycolour on buff paper
    7¾ x 9¾ in. (19.7 x 24.8 cm.)

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    Driving horses along country roads was a frequent theme for Munnings and he repeated the scenes under varying climatic conditions. Here, probably Fred Gray drives a small herd, but the focus is really the ambient vapour and the damp and bitterness of the day. Although Munnings painted numerous images of rainy conditions, as he painted on the spot it is no wonder there are few depicting snow.

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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 the Executors.


    Norwich Castle Museum, Munnings Exhibition, 1928, no. 135, lent by Colonel Walter.