19 May 2006,
Price realised GBP 2,640
GBP 1,500 - GBP 2,000
Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (1878-1959)
'Il est un grande country!!'
signed and dated 'à resoul Mai 24 - 1918 -/A J Munnings' and inscribed and dedicated 'I never saw so many fat/women in a place in all my life/(Capt Faulkner/en France)/Il est une grande/country!!'
pencil on a printed menu
8¼ x 6¼ in. (21 x 15.8 cm.)
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Hong Kong +852 2760 1766
Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766
In April 1918 Munnings was attached to the Canadian Cavalry Brigade which was under the command of General Seely, who later became Lord Mottistone. He then moved on to join the Forestry Corps, enjoying his time spent with the soldiers and their horses, recording their activities as artist-reporter. The forty-five pictures produced as a result of this trip were shown in the Canadian War Records Exhibition in early 1919 at the Royal Academy. The bonhomie he shared with the troops is evident in the present work, a sketch executed on a printed menu and dated 24 May 1918.
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
Captain W.A. Faulkner, Saskatchewan Volunteers, Canada, and by descent.
Dina Zhang, Head of Sale for Asian Contemporary Art, explains how Hong Kong’s meeting of East and West has shaped her view of art
François de Ricqlès, President of Christie's France, explains how this exceptional work speaks to the Rockefellers’ mutually admiring relationship with France