• 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 251

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

    The Frisky Pony

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    Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (Mendham 1878-1959 Dedham)
    The Frisky Pony
    signed and dated 'A.J. MUNNINGS/1903' (lower left)
    pencil and watercolor on paper
    10 3/8 x 19¼ in. (26.7 x 48.9 cm.)

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    This is one of two known paintings depicting a fractious pony pulling a cart. The other is entitled The Sound of the Motor Car (Sir Alfred Munnings Museum, Dedham) and thus explains the reason for the pony's behaviour in the present work. Munnings never learned to drive and was often irate upon hearing the sound of motorized engines. Throughout his life, he mourned the changing way of life and the destruction of simple rural traditions.

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


    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 6 March 1986, lot 170.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 2 March 1989, lot 183, where purchased.

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    Pre-Lot Text



    T. Reuter, Jr., 'Thoroughly Unmodern Munnings', Spur: The Magazine of Thoroughbred and Country Life, July/August 1991, p. 88.


    London, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, 1903, no. 469.
    Saratoga, New York; Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, The Mastery of Munnings, July 8-September 5 2000, illustrated p. 17.