The Early Years (continued)

Sir Alfred Munning

The First World War initially complicated his life. He preferred to paint outdoors, an activity that then required an official permit from spy-conscious bureaucrats. Even with this document, an artist sketching outdoors risked falling under suspicion of being an enemy agent. Money for art purchases dried up.

Munnings attempted to enlist in a Hampshire regiment, even offering the army two horses that he owned in the hope he would be accepted. In 1917, he secured a position examining remounts at Calcot Park, near Reading, Berkshire. Horses, many of them arriving from Canada, were checked for diseases and parasites, treated, then sent off to artillery, cavalry, or supply units.

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