Munnings, Horseless… or nearly

The talk at the last meeting, on Laura Knight in Lamorna, introduced Alfred Munnings as a selfish, flamboyant incomer to the Group. His disastrous marriage to Florence Carter-Wood and her subsequent suicide did not help to enhance his reputation. Also touched upon in the talk was the possible relationship between Florence and Gilbert Evans, who left the group to join the army.


Laura Knight, Sketch of Gilbert Evans

At Lamorna, Alfred displayed his love of horses, riding with the hunt whenever possible, and painting them all his life.

But he was more than this. The son of a Suffolk shepherd, he was an admirer of Constable. From humble beginnings he rose to be President of the Royal Academy and received a knighthood. He married twice, once to Florence Carter-Wood, and secondly in 1920, to Violet McBride, also a horse lover, with whom he lived for the rest of his life.


G W Lambert, Alfred Munnings

This talk presents, for the most part, his work which did not include horses


Alfred Munnings, Pike Fishing in January, 1898, oil on canvas, 31 x 38 cm, Private Collection


Alfred Munnings, The White Canoe, 1898, oil on canvas, 43 x 91 cm, Private Collection


Alfred Munnings, Study for ‘The Haunted House’, oil on board, 36 x 45 cm, The Munnings Art Museum, Colchester, UK


Alfred Munnings, Idle Moments or The Boathouse, 1906, oil on canvas, 51 x 61 cm, Private Collection


Alfred Munnings, Lamorna Cove, Cornwall, 1912-13, oil on canvas, 52 x 62 cm, Private Collection


Alfred Munnings, Lamorna Cove, Cornwall, date?, oil on canvas, The Munnings Art Museum, Colchester, UK


Alfred Munnings, Hop-Picking, 92 x 102 cm, oil on canvas, Art Museum, Sheffield, UK


Alfred Munnings, The Arbour, 1908, oil on canvas, 66 x 54 cm


Alfred Munnings, Violet, my wife, in the garden


Alfred Munnings, My Horse Is My Friend: The Artist’s Wife and Isaac, 1922, oil on canvas, Castle House Museum, Dedham, Essex, UK


Alfred Munnings, September Afternoon, 1939, oil on canvas, 64 x 76 cm, The Munnings Art Museum, Colchester, UK


Alfred Munnings, After the Party, 1897, oil on canvas, 76 x 56 cm, The Munnings Art Museum Colchester, UK


Alfred Munnings, Tagg’s Island, 1920, oil on canvas, 89 x 127 cm, The Munnings Art Museum, Colchester, UK


Alfred Munnings, Charge of Flowerdew’s Squadron, 1918, oil on canvas, 51 x 61 cm, Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Canada

Nearly three-quarters of the Canadian cavalry involved in this attack against German machine-gun positions at Moreuil Wood on 30 March 1918 were killed or wounded. This included Lieutenant G.M. Flowerdew, Lord Strathcona’s Horse, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for leading the charge. Unable to break the trench deadlock and of little use at the front, cavalry remained behind the lines for much of the war. During the German offensives of March and April 1918, however, the cavalry played an essential role in the open warfare that temporarily confronted the retreating British forces.

EH, Meeting No24, 4 September, 2018

A couple of comments


Laura Knight, Hop Pickers, Malvern, oil on canvas

Laura also painted hop pickers. The painting depicts gypsies, of whom she painted many examples


Ernest Meissonnier, Friedland, 1807, c 1861-75, oil on canvas, 136 x 243 cm, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

See the painting of Flowerdew’s charge, above