Ware Wire,1907

by Sir Alfred Munnings

£13,000

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 9.75 x 13.75 in./ 24.77 x 34.92 cm.
SIGNATURE: Signed and dated lower left
MEDIUM: Pencil on paper

Catalogue No: 4296 Categories: ,

Ware Wire, 1907, is an energetic sketch, marking the start of Sir Alfred Munnings’ career as a prolific artist. Munnings gained notoriety at the turn of the century as one of England’s finest painters of horses.

This quick drawing reveals Munnings’ creative process. It shows the horse as the central focus of many of his works, capturing the speed and movement of the majestic animal. Even in this preliminary sketch, there is a narrative as the jockey tumbles off the horse. Munnings emphasises the speed of the animal with his brisk pencil markings. This drawing is very much about motion.

Provenance

Spoink Gallery, London;
Private Collection, United Kingdom

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Biography

Born in Mendham, Suffolk, Alfred Munnings was the son of a miller. He was apprenticed to a firm of lithographers from 1893 to 1898 and studied at the Norwich School of Art and in Paris. There, Munnings was impressed with plein-air naturalism; this, together with his introduction to the racecourse in 1899, influenced the themes for which he became famous.

 

The year 1919 was a major turning-point in all aspects of Munnings’s life; he painted his first racehorse, Poethlyn, the winner of the Grand National, and became an Associate of the Royal

Academy. Munnings met Violet McBride, whom he was to marry, and bought Castle House, Dedham, where the Munnings Memorial Trust maintains a permanent exhibition of his pictures. Munnings’s prolific career, spanning over 60 years, brought him honour, with election to the Presidency of the Royal Academy in 1944, a Knighthood in 1945, and a personal award from the Sovereign in 1947, when Munnings was created Knight of the Royal Victorian Order.

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