View 1 of Lot 135.  At the Fairground.
View 1 of Lot 135.  At the Fairground.
135

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

At the Fairground

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Property of a Lady

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

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

At the Fairground

At the Fairground

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Property of a Lady

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

British

1878-1959

At the Fairground


signed A.J. Munnings lower left

oil on canvas

Unframed: 46 by 53cm., 18 by 21in.

Framed: 61 by 69cm., 24 by 27in.

Rutland Gallery, London
Like his friend and contemporary painter Laura Knight, Munnings was fascinated by gipsy life and the country fairs that accompanied race meetings. His first visit to a large country fair, at Bungay, was to celebrate the news that his first painting had been accepted for the Royal Academy summer exhibition. He wrote of his experience, 'This was a plunge into the most vividly coloured phase of life I had so far seen. I had known horse sales in Norwich, local races and regattas; but what were they compared to this vast fair and meeting combined on Bungay Common? There were roundabouts, shooting galleries, swinging boats and coconut shies; large eating- and drinking-tents, flags flying, and thousands of oranges blazing on stalls in the sun' (Alfred James Munnings, An Artist's Life, Bungay, 1950, p.65). It is likely that the present picture was painted in 1912 when Munnings painted a number of fairground scenes, including The Fairground (Christie’s, London, 11 June 1919, lot 59) and another of the same title (private collection, included in the An English Idyll – A Loan Exhibition of Works by Sir Alfred Munnings held at Sotheby’s in 2001, no.38).