SIR ALFRED JAMES MUNNINGS
Sir Alfred James Munnings was born in Mendham, Suffolk in 1878. His father was a miller and Munnings was brought up on a working mill with horses being part of his daily life, leading to his deepening interest in the equine world that would later propel him into becoming the foremost English twentieth-century painter of sporting pictures.
His love for the East Anglian landscape and its rural pursuits encompassed the enthralling world of gypsy travellers as well as that of hunting and horse racing, offering Munnings a wide range of subject matter that would tie in with his passion for landscape and horses. Munnings was an entrenched traditionalist, who in his later career would take a strong stand against Modern art but in his early work his style is clearly influenced by the Impressionists with its flickering light and quick, expressive brushstrokes.