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

Major Mead on his favourite hunter

Details
Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (1878-1959)
Major Mead on his favourite hunter
signed and indistinctly dated 'A.J. MUNNINGS./1917' (lower right)
oil on canvas
21 x 25 in. (53.4 x 63.5 cm.)
Painted in 1917
Provenance
with Arthur Tooth & Sons, London.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 6 March 1986, lot 172, where acquired for the present collection.
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Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.
Sale Room Notice
Please note that the date should read 1917 and not as stated in the printed catalogue. We are grateful to Tristram Lewis for providing this additional information and his research into the picture. Please contact the department for further details.

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Lot Essay


Although there is no record of Major Mead in Munnings’s autobiography this fine equestrian portrait was painted in either 1921 or 1931, when similar commissions dominated Munnings’s artistic output (see lot 11 for further details). The picture has all the freedom of Munnings’s plein air sketches, and may have been worked up in the studio afterwards to create a final portrait. The bucolic setting is likely to relate to a real location, although it is similar to the backdrop used in a number of Munnings’s portraits at this date, such as Miss Ruth Brady on Bugle Call. These 1920s-30s equestrian portraits are some of the artist’s finest works, epitomising a golden era of elegance and refinement.

We are grateful to the Curatorial staff at The Munnings Art Museum, and Lorian Peralta-Ramos for their assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.

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