Munnings regularly exhibited with the Norwich Art Circle from 1897 to 1911 and continued less frequently until 1934. It was through the Art Circle and through Boswells art dealers that Munnings' pictures first became known. Each spring the Art Circle held a black and white exhibition and Munnings often contributed, '...it gave me something to work for' (Sir A.J. Munnings, An Artist's Life, Bungay, 1950, p. 75). The Boer War must have had some special significance for Munnings as he not only painted it but also referred to it in his memoirs (ibid, p. 210). The present work appears to be a study for a larger work (21 x 25 inches), also in sepia and dated 1908 which was with Charles B. Tyler, Los Angeles in 1978.
This was not his only foray into war-time pictures as he was also stationed with the Canadian troops in France during World War I and undertook commissions.
This work will be included in Lorian Peralta-Ramos's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the works by Sir Alfred Munnings.