In 1899 Munnings finished his six-year apprenticeship with Page Bros., a Norwich firm of lithographers, and set up a studio in Mendham. However, in order to supplement his income as he struggled to establish himself as a painter, he continued to produce commercial designs for firms such as Caley's and Colman's. 'These were done in three colours and black outline as a rule ... I went on for some years with poster work - and liked doing it - in between my more ambitious aspirations ... this side line, bringing riches with it, went on apace, so that I continued dipping into my imagination' (see A.J. Munnings, An Artist's Life, Bungay, 1950, pp. 81-2).