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SIR ALFRED JAMES MUNNINGS | December Morning, Cornwall
  • SIR ALFRED JAMES MUNNINGS | December Morning, Cornwall


    Painted circa 1913

    Oil on Canvas

    20" x 22"/ 51 x 61 cms


    Painted during Munnings’s pre-war stay in Cornwall, December Morning is a celebration of the great artist’s skill as a colourist. The first painter to note that a horse’s coat reflects the colour of its surroundings, Munnings masterfully bathes his subject in the blue and orange highlights of the morning. One of the artist’s few works depicting the horse ‘head on’, December Morning shows Munnings’s understanding of light and tone at its very best.

    • Painted whilst Munnings was living in Cornwall, December Morning, Cornwall depicts a huntsman surrounded by his scampering, eager dogs trotting along the Cornish lanes in the crisp morning sun of a winter’s day.


      Munnings lived in Cornwall from 1910 to 1914, first at Newlyn and later in the small village of Lamorna, known for its wonderfully scenic cove. Established as an artist’s colony since the 1880s, the Newlyn School was centred around the art school ran by Stanhope Forbes and his wife Elizabeth at The Meadow which focused on realist subject matter painted en plain air. There Munnings met and became firm friends with other modern British artists, including Laura and Harold Knight, Dod and Ernest Procter and Samuel John ‘Lamorna’ Birch as well as his first wife Florence, whose life ended in tragic suicide.


      Munnings was struck by the beauty of the landscape in Cornwall. It was here that Munnings painted some of his finest la