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SIR ALFRED MUNNINGS KCVO, PRA, RWS

British

1878-1959


Artist's Biography & Works For Sale 

Sir Alfred James Munnings was one of England’s finest painters of horses. He was born at Mendham in Suffolk on 8th October 1878. His father ran a water mill on the river at Mendham. His paintings were first exhibited at the summer exhibition of the Royal Academy in 1899.

He was associated with the Newlyn school of painters in Cornwall and it was here that he met Florence Carter-Wood whom he married in 1912. Unfortunately, she killed herself two years later and he then remarried Violet McBride in 1920. Both women were horsewomen and he subsequently went on to become best known for his equine paintings involving hunting and racing.

Alfred Munnings was elected President of the Royal Academy of Art in 1944 and he was awarded a knighthood in the same year. He gave a speech to the Royal Academy in 1949 in which he attacked modernism including the work of Matisse, Picasso and Cezanne. Millions of people heard the broadcast on BBC radio and he resigned shortly afterwards.

Munnings died at Castle House, Dedham, Essex on 17th July 1959 and his house is now a museum dedicated to his work. It is open during the summer months. A pub in Mendham is also named after him. 

Paintings by Sir Alfred Munnings have sold for vast sums of money and the highest recorded price is $7,848,000 for The Red Prince Mare.

We also wish to buy paintings by Sir Alfred Munnings so if you have one to sell, please contact us for a free appraisal.