Lot 75
  • 75

Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S.

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 USD
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Description

  • Studies for 'Lord Astor's Horses' and 'The White 'Un'
  • one sheet signed, inscribed, and dated "Jock" / ridden by H.M. King George V / for 9 years / a memento of Bygone Days for French from A. J. Munnings / Oct.16.1936
  • pencil on paper, twenty three sheets of studies (eleven with studies also on the verso)sleeved and in a mahogany presentation box
  • Image:  5  1/4  x 7  5/8  inches
    Sight:  5  5/8  x 8  inches
    Mount:  9  5/8  x 12 inches

Provenance

Sale: Christie's, New York, December 6, 1996, lot 186, illustrated
Acquired at the above sale

Literature

Sir Alfred Munnings, The Second Burst, London, 1951, p. 126, two sketches illustrated p. 128, one sketch illustrated p. 130

Catalogue Note

Once forming a sketchbook (now kept as a portfolio in a mahogany presentation box), this collection of drawings illustrates the artist’s painstaking process as he worked through two of his most important compositions.  Nearly all of the sheets relate to Lord Astor’s Horses, of which Munnings recalled, “One of my last efforts at Manton was the painting of three of Lord Astor’s horses in one picture: Traffic Light, Rhodes Scholar, and Early School….The scene: the Downs, looking towards the west.  The arrangement for this picture was not easy, and many were the pencil designs that I tried before starting” (Munnings, p. 126).  Additionally, one sheet is linked to The White ‘Un (1936), a posthumous portrait of the late King George V on his white Highland, Jock, near an oak tree in Sandringham park.  On another sheet, Munnings even goes so far as to practice his inscription for an oil sketch of Jock that he would later gift to French, the late King’s devoted groom, as  a “memento of Bygone days.”
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