• 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 200

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

    Millicent Baron on 'Magpie'

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    Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (Mendham 1878-1959 Dedham)
    Millicent Baron on 'Magpie'
    signed 'A.J. MUNNINGS' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    30½ x 38 in. (77.5 x 96.5 cm.)


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    Millicent Baron on 'Magpie' was painted in the summer of 1929 and is an exquisite example of Munnings' mastery of both human and equine portraiture. He conveys in Miss Baron's posture both a certain confidence as well as a charming air of youthful innocence. The warm sunlight which radiates off the horse's richly colored coat creates a sense of movement and rhythm through the canvas. Munnings painted this at Fulmer near Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, home of Edward Baron, whose father Bernhard Baron was the Chairman of the great tobacco company Carreras. He befriended the family and stayed with them in Biarritz later that summer which he recalls fondly in his memoirs. Munnings also painted her sister Miss Betty Baron on 'Freckles' which was exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1933, no. 135 (fig. 2).

    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 Richard Green, London, 1974.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 11 October 1974, lot 186.
    with Frost & Reed, London, 1975, no. 61.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 22 June 1977, lot 36, where purchased.


    Pre-Lot Text

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


    Literature

    Sir A.J. Munnings, Second Burst, Bungay, 1951, p. 326.


    Exhibited

    London, Royal Academy, 1930, no. 227.