Exmoor Ponies by Sir Alfred Munnings


Exmoor Ponies


Sir Alfred Munnings

Ref GM265
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 30" x 20" (76 x 50 cm)
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This delightfully atmospheric work is a wonderful combination of Sir Alfred Munnings’ hugely celebrated skill as an equestrian artist with the landscape painting ability of which he was so proud. In a captivating scene, a herd of Exmoor ponies – the oldest and most primitive of British ponies – proceed majestically across the rugged terrain of Exmoor. During the Second World War, Munnings’ home in Essex was requisitioned by the Army, who wished to make use of Castle House and its 40 acres of grounds. His wife, Violet, kept a small cottage in Exmoor as a hunting box; and it was there that he spent much of the war. The rural isolation appeared to do him good: he was more at peace with himself during his time on Exmoor than at any time since his visits to Cornwall more than 30 years previously. Most of the horses that Munnings kept at Castle House had been slaughtered due to the war effort, and he was forced to find fresh sources of inspiration. This duly came in the form of the Exmoor ponies, who were threatened during the war years by the use of Exmoor as a training ground: only 50 were to survive the war. Nonetheless, Munnings was intrigued by the animals, saying: “Ponies on the moor – I always wanted to paint them. Wild ponies wandering free over a thousand acres of wide undulating expanse. Herds of twenty or thirty, using their own territories – keeping to them as birds do.” His characteristically eloquent description of a sublime scene is matched in quality by this outstanding painting.