My Wife, My Horse and Myself by Sir Alfred Munnings


My Wife, My Horse and Myself


Sir Alfred Munnings

Ref GM691
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 20" x 16" (50 x 40 cm)
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My Wife, My Horse and Myself was first exhibited at the Royal Academy, London, in 1935. This painting neatly sums up the three most important elements of Sir Alfred Munnings's life: horses, painting and his wife, Violet. It shows Munnings's second wife Violet, who was an expert equestrienne, riding a bay horse side saddle in the grounds of Castle House, where they lived, while Munnings stands nearby holding a palette and a painting, itself a replica of My Wife, My Horse and Myself. It is understood that Munnings made at least three versions of My Wife, My Horse and Myself using different horses stabled at his home. Munnings first saw Violet McBride, a renowned horsewoman in her own right, in 1919 at Richmond Horse Show, where he was captivated by the sight of an elegant woman riding a magnificent horse. Later that year, he asked Violet to sit for a portrait on a beautiful horse and their courtship followed. In 1920, the couple married in a quiet ceremony at Chelsea Registry Office. Munnings was forty-two, Violet was seven years younger.