27 January 2010,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 68,500
Estimate USD 70,000 - USD 100,000
Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (Mendham 1878-1959 Dedham)
Two Horses wearing Exercise Blankets
signed 'A.J. MUNNINGS' (lower right)
oil on panel
9½ x 13 in. (24.1 x 33 cm.)
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These two horses were most likely Munnings' own hunters, the chestnut possibly being his wife's horse, Rufus or Master Munn. He frequently used his own horses as models in pictures of horses at exercise during World War II while based at Withypool. He painted a similar scene of horses in the stable yard entitled The Second Set (sold Christie's, New York, 5 December 2003, lot 117).
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; Sotheby's, London, 15 November 1978, lot 100, as 'Two Racehorses Wearing Blankets', where purchased.
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