• 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 191

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

    A Park Meeting

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    Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (Mendham 1878-1959 Dedham)
    A Park Meeting
    signed 'A.J. MUNNINGS' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm.)


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    A Park Meeting shows Munnings' confident fluid brushwork at its most immediate and spontaneous capturing both the glamor and elegance of racing in the first half of the twentieth century. Evidence suggests that this paddock is at Sandown Park, as it compares with the The Paddock at Sandown before the Eclipse (A.J. Munnings, The Finish, Bungay, 1952, illustrated opposite p. 217). Sandown Park, near Esher, Surrey, was created by a private committee, including the Duke of Hamilton and the Earl of Rosebery, and held its first flat and steeplechase races in April 1875.

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

    Provenance

    with Ernest Brown & Phillips Ltd., The Leicester Galleries, London, November 1947, no. 39, where acquired by
    G.L. Nicholls.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 21 November 1973, lot 100.
    with Richard Green, London, 1973.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 16 March 1977, lot 48, where purchased.


    Pre-Lot Text

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