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Munnings painted three large oil paintings entitled The Ford, one of which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1911. Two of these pictures are now in the collections of Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum in Dedham. The finished painting to which they relate is now in the collection of Lord Lloyd Webber (Christie's, 12 June 2002, lot 6). The present watercolour depicts the same location, with the footbridge that appears in other pictures from the series. The picture probably depicts Munnings favourite groom Shrimp who was described as a young man who ‘slept under the caravan with the dogs, and had no family of his own, no family ties, no parents that he knew. This son of the wild went by the name of Shrimp... little did I dream that he would one day become for me an indispensible model, an inspiring rogue, and an annoying villain... He was a paintable figure... and the best model I ever had’ (op.cit. p. 207, 211, 217).
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