Reader Letter: Let’s do more to celebrate artist Alfred Munnings

Miss Ruth Brady on Bugle Call, painted by Sir Alfred Munnings. Picture: Submitted by Dick Barton.

Miss Ruth Brady on Bugle Call, painted by Sir Alfred Munnings. Picture: Submitted by Dick Barton. - Credit: Archant

Here we have an East Anglian artist of whom we surely make far too little.

Born in Suffolk, he learnt his trade in Norwich as an apprentice at Page Brothers, attending the Art School in the evenings.

He went on to became a freeman of the city, as well as president of the Royal Academy and the leading equestrian artist of his day.

MORE: Two paintings by Norfolk artist expected to fetch more than £1.5m at auction in United StatesHis pictures now sell for millions yet he is remembered, if at all, by most in the contemporary art world only for his scathing views on modern art, expressed most famously in his valedictory speech to the Royal Academy 70 years ago and broadcast live on the BBC.

In 1928, Norwich Castle Museum honoured him with a major exhibition; is it not high time we did so again?

It might prompt a reappraisal amongst prejudiced metropolitan critics and reveal the outspoken miller's son from Mendham to be the finest painter of horses since Stubbs.


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