• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 2282

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors

    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 184

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

    A bay hunter (recto); and Bedale Truman (verso)

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    Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (Mendham 1878-1959 Dedham)
    A bay hunter (recto); and Bedale Truman (verso)
    (recto) signed 'A.J. MUNNINGS' (lower right); and (verso) signed and inscribed 'BEDALE TRUMAN/A.J. MUNNINGS' (lower right)
    oil on artist's board
    11½ x 14½ in. (29.2 x 36.8 cm.)
    Painted in 1920

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    These are studies for John J. Moubray, Master of Foxhounds, dismounted with his wife (private collection) which was painted in Yorkshire in 1920. The horse is that ridden by his wife and the hound is one of the two main hounds featured in the final work. The Bedale Hunt kennels are located in Northallerton, Yorkshire. Moubray was from Naemoor, Perthshire and succeeded the Duke of Leeds as the M.F.H. of the Bedale in 1904-5, having hunted for many seasons with the Bedale since he married a local Yorkshire girl Miss Booth in 1893.

    Munnings recalled the commission and his trip to Yorkshire in his memoirs, '..the painting of the large Bedale picture comes to my mind....Mr. Mowbray [sic], Master of the Bedale, was the living image of what we all expect "John Bull" to be. He was, without question, the best type of Englishman I ever saw. Both he and his wife came to London for sittings, and after that I went to stay at the Catterick Bridge Hotel to paint horses and hounds. From there he showed me that part of the Yorkshire country in his car......I admired Mr. Mowbray, and I shall not forget him as long as I retain one vestige of memory.' (The Second Burst, Bungay, 1951, pp. 142-3).

    This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the works of Sir Alfred Munnings being prepared by Lorian Peralta-Ramos.


    with Richard Green, London, 1973.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 8 March 1978, lot 47, where purchased.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery Fisher