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Oil on Canvas by Sir Alfred Munnings

Study Jockeys at the Start, Newmarket

“Study: Jockeys at the Start, Newmarket”

Medium: Oil on Canvas board Size: 50.8 x 61 cm. (20 x 24 in.)

Born: 8 October 1878, Mendham
Died: 17 July 1959, Dedham
Other Artworks: The Red Prince Mare, Changing Horses
Buried: St. Paul’s Cathedral, City of London
Education: Norwich University Of The Arts
Spouse: Violet Munnings (m. 1920–1959), Florence Carter-Wood (m. 1912–1914)

Sir Alfred James Munnings, (British, 1878–1959) KCVO, PRA was known as one of England’s finest painters of horses and as an outspoken critic of Modernism. The loss of sight in his right eye in an accident in 1898 did not deflect his determination to paint, and in 1899 two of his pictures were shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Munnings bought Castle House, Dedham, in 1919, describing it as ‘the house of my dreams’. He used the house and adjoining studio extensively throughout the rest of his career, and it was opened as the Munnings Art Museum in the early 1960s.

The oil painting “Study: Jockeys at the Start, Newmarket” is a typical subject for Munnings. He appeared to love outdoor equestrian and farm animal subjects. This painting packed with action and drama, in his typical lose style executed on a medium size board canvas. The contrasting colours of the jockey’s outfits make for great drama, movement of the horses are portrayed in line and texture, all depited eager to race to the finish.