Sir Alfred Munnings

Alfred James Munnings(1878-1959) achieved renown as one of England's finest painters of horses. During the First World War his engagement by Lord Beaverbrook's Canadian War Memorials Fund led to a series of prestigious post-war commissions that made him a wealthy man.


The Early Years

Alfred Munnings was born into a miller's family at Mendham, Suffolk, on October 8th, 1878. At fourteen he was apprenticed to a Norwich printer, designing and drawing advertising posters over six years. In his spare time he attended the Norwich School of Art.

Lord Strathcona's Horse on the March

When his term of apprenticeship was up, he threw himself wholeheartedly into making his way as a painter. He frequently painted rural scenes, gypsies, and horses.

Art dealers and connoisseurs noted him as a promising painter; his works sold well and from 1899 onwards they were hung occasionally in the Royal Academy. The young artist lived boisterously, sometimes paying debts with sketches.

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