Boy with Greyhounds by Sir Alfred Munnings


Boy with Greyhounds


Sir Alfred Munnings

Ref GM237
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 28" x 22" (71 x 56 cm)
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The period of Munnings's life which is particularly linked with pictures of this kind is the first decade of the 20th century. His work then was particularly associated with gypsy life, and some of his greatest paintings came from this time, leaving behind the heavier impressionistic style which he had used, painting instead with the lightness and fluidity which epitomise his later style. Munnings's first known contact with gypsy life occurred during a visit to Bungay races in Suffolk in 1899. The colourful scenes of the horse fair, the gypsy caravans and the whirlwind action of the racing left a lasting impact on him, and the impressionistic pastels he drew on that day sold for £20 each. Around 1905, Munnings moved to Swainsthorpe, near Norwich, and over the next 8 years he travelled across East Anglia for weeks at a time in a blue painted caravan, often accompanied by a shrewd older Romany called Bob, who led the procession, and a gypsy lad called Shrimp, who cared for the horses and dogs and who features in many of Munnings’s great pictures of the era. Boy with Greyhounds</i> is an interesting example of the way in which Munnings’s greatness was not restricted to his paintings of equestrian life.