In 1893, at the age of fourteen, Munnings was apprenticed to Page Bros., a Norwich firm of lithographers. The six years he spent there were invaluable in introducing the young artist to new ideas and he became skilled at turning his mind to a wide variety of design requirements. His talents as a draftsman were used to produce advertising for such commodities as lemonade, chocolate, mustard, whisky and pills. In 1895 Munnings submitted a design for advertising Waverley cycles in a competition run by The Cyclist. His design won the competition and a prize of three guineas.
The present work would seem to date from the mid-1890s and shows the artist combining his keen skill as an illustrator with a very witty turn of phrase, recalling his Very Piggy Story; a humorous illustrated ballad, written as a thirteen-year old.
We are grateful to Lorian Peralta Ramos for her assistance in cataloguing this lot.