Sir Alfred James Munnings (1878–1959)

Signed Lithograph The Red Prince Mare

Traditional, Works on Paper

Medium: Signed Lithograph

Measurements: W 58cm x H 39cm

Stock: Recent acquisition

£1,850

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Sir Alfred Munnings signed lithograph titled “The Red Prince Mare”, published in 1922 by Frost & Reed.

This rare signed lithograph depicts Violet Munnings mare, Rosemary, being saddled before a point to point race. Rosemary was one of the horses that she had used for both showing and hunting. Rosemary was the mother of Red Prince II, as well as 1880 Grand National winner, Empress.  Violet Munnings described Rosemary as “inclined to be queer” but bred her and kept two of her foals, Winter Rose and Cherrybounce, both of whom were frequently used as both models and riding horses.

As of 2007, The Red Prince Mare is the highest price paid for a Munnings painting. The art work sold for $7,848,000 at Sotheby’s New York in May 2004.

Please note the dimensions of this work when framed are approximately 90cm x 71cm

Provenance: Private collection, Cheshire Estate.

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Sir Alfred James Munnings was born 8 October 1878 at Mendham, Suffolk. As a young boy, he was apprenticed to a Norwich printer, designing and drawing advertising posters for the next six years whilst attending the Norwich School of Art in his spare time. When his apprenticeship ended, he became a full-time painter. However, loss of sight in his right eye 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 became best known for his equine painting and often depicted horses involving hunting and racing. His colourful scenes have retained public popularity despite changes in artistic fashion.

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