Fine Pictures | 08 July 2015
Sir Alfred James Munnings (1878-1959) - Going to The Meet, Captain. F. G Chamberlin and his sister on Mousehold Heath, Norwich.
Sir Alfred James Munnings (1878-1959)
Going to The Meet, Captain. F. G Chamberlin and his sister on Mousehold Heath, Norwich.
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated A.J. Munnings 1907 lower left
127 x 167 cm. (50 x 65 1/2 in)
Possibly commissioned by Captain F.G. Chamberlin from the artist;
Christie's, New York. Sporting Art , 9 December 2004, lot 54 (sold for $847,500)
Private Collection, UK
London, Royal Academy, 1907, no. 569;
London, Sotheby's, An English Idyll, January 2001, no. 13;
Dedham, The Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum, on loan until 2004.
Lorian Peralta-Ramos, The Mastery of Munnings Sir Alfred J Munnings , 1878-1959
One of the largest and most ambitious commissioned paintings that Munnings undertook.
Executed in 1905, and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1907, Munnings reputation as a painter of hunting scenes had already begun to be established, with the present work further solidifying his status as one of England's finest painters of horses. The canvas is filled with the strong bay and dark bay, with their riders astride in a composed, yet calm manner. The scale of the subject gives it a monumentality and importance that harks back to 17th Century equestrian portraiture of the English nobility and royalty, which prior to Munnings had not been employed in Sporting Art. Yet the painting was by no means retrogressive when first exhibited, and through its fluid, long expressive brush-strokes, and impressionistic vigour, the painting is an excellent example that displays both the virtuosity and artistic hallmarks tha t Munning's reputation w as based upon.
Captain F.G. Chamberlin, the gentleman featured in this double portrait, was the son of George Chamberlain, Mayor of Norwich in 1891, both of whom were heirs to the long established firm in Norwich called Messrs. Chamberlin Sons & Co., founded by Henry Chamberlin. Captain Chamberlin was a member of the Volunteer Batallion of the Norfolk Regiment, had fought in the Boer War, and at the time this painting was undertaken was the Sheriff of Norwich.
Wednesday 08 July 2015, 10.00am
London:15 Langton St
16th June-28th June
Late night viewing on 17th June