About the Artist
Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1849)
Along with George Stubbs (1724-1806) Alfred Munnings is considered one of the great masters of sporting life. He was born in Suffolk and between 1893-98 he worked at a lithographers whilst attending night classes at Norwich School of Art. It was here that he learnt to draw from the life model.
In 1917 Munnings was sent to France as a war artist and was attached to the Canadian Brigade where he could concentrate on the men in action and horses. He produced over 50 works which secured his election as an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1919.
Munnings is mainly known for his grand commissioned works of horses and their owners. His main interest was capturing the ‘English Scene’, gypsies, farmers, country fairs and hunting scenes, which were painted spontaneously out of doors. His later works were concerned with capturing the drama of horse racing.