Sir Alfred Munnings’ Prints
Featured in Rice Museum Show
Sir Alfred Munnings was one of England’s most notable equine painters. From humble beginnings, he worked his way through Norwich School of Art. Despite the loss of sight in his right eye due to an accident, he entered the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1899 and had two paintings accepted. He was then 21 years old. Munnings frequently accepted commissions from society patrons for portraits, but horses were his passion. He often painted scenes of hunting on horseback or of horse racing.
In 1932, he painted a portrait of Belle Baruch riding her horse, Souriant III which became the cover art of Mary Miller’s biography of Belle, Baroness of Hobcaw. Thirteen years ago, this painting was among the ones stolen from Bellefield at Hobcaw Barony. Last month, in April, 2016, the painting was located and returned to Hobcaw.
The Rice Museum is proud to include three of Munnings prints in the current exhibition
at the Prevost Gallery
19th and 20th Century Equestrian Paintings
from the collection of