Talk on English Painter and Great War artist Sir Alfred Munnings
On Wednesday 8th July at 3pm Dr. Bill Teatheredge of The Munnings Art
Museum will be giving a talk at Braintree District Museum on the life and works of Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959). Munnings was known as one of England’s finest painters of horses, with a career spanning almost 70 years, and is also celebrated for his depictions of scenes from English rural life. During the First World War he worked as an official war artist attached to the Canadian Cavalry Brigade, and after the war he earned several prestigious commissions.
Visitors can see one of Munnings’ post-war pieces on display in Braintree District Museum’s Crittall gallery – a pencil sketch of Francis Henry Crittall, managing director of Crittall Windows. The sketch was drawn at the Great Eastern Hotel in London on 4 June 1919 during a celebratory meeting to thank Crittall for his leadership of the East Anglian Munitions Committee. Over the course of the First World War this Committee of 42 industries produced over 5 million shells for the war effort, as well as many other vital products. Crittall was the driving force behind this process and this sketch was presented to him as a token of appreciation.
The Munnings Art Museum is based in Munnings’ former home – Castle House in Dedham. Soon after Munnings’ death his wife transformed their home into a museum of his work, and it is now run by a charitable trust. Dr Teatheredge’s talk coincides with a new exhibition at Dedham – ‘A Horse’s Tale’.
Tickets for the talk are £3, including refreshments. To book in advance please call 01376 328868.
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Pencil Sketch of Francis Henry Crittall by Alfred Munnings(1919) Photograph: Braintree District Museum
Taggs Island by Alfred Munnings (1919)
Photograph: The Munnings Art Museum
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