Whilst living on Exmoor during World War II, Munnings was inspired to capture the local landscape under the ever changing light conditions. He studied cloud formations and their light and shadowy effects on the landscape below. In his autobiography he writes of the inspiration that the Exmoor landscape provided,'Strong scents of phlox grown in masses of pink and white come through doors and windows. Such a breezy, bright morning, with clouds sailing over Withypool Hill opposite, is fatal to me, for I must be off on a horse. There are no flies on days like this.
Am I losing hold on Suffolk and Norfolk? Is this wild country casting its net over me? Exmoor, with its storms of 'untimely violence' and its gales of wind and rain, can change its face and smile, resuming 'God's gentle, sleeping peace,' so that in the end everybody would stay if they could, or come again as they do.' (Sir A.J. Munnings, An Artist's Life, Bungay, 1950, p. 87).
This work will be included in Lorian Peralta-Ramos's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the works by Sir Alfred Munnings.