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What’s to See

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The Munnings Art Museum owns the largest collection of paintings, drawings and sculpture by Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959). Explore the life and work of this prolific, accomplished and internationally recognised East Anglian painter and past President of the Royal Academy through a series of chronological displays and special exhibition.

Established in the early 1960s after Munnings’ death the museum, at his home of forty years, Castle House, still contains furniture, objects and personal items

The 2017 special exhibition will be:
In Focus: Munnings and the River

belonging to Sir Alfred and Lady Munnings. The museum welcomes you to enjoy the ambience of their home: ‘the house of his dreams’.

On the ground floor, the Library presents a diverse display of works tracing Munnings’ early life. From childhood drawings through to Norwich Art School studies; poster designs made during his lithography apprenticeship, and finishes with his first large scale canvas, A Suffolk Horse Fair, Lavenham (1902).

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The Dining Room, Drawing Room and Morning Room follow the development of the maturing artist through his work in Norfolk and Cornwall. On display are iconic paintings of English rural life, such as Path to the Orchard (1907), and also of the Romany community.

In Cornwall, where Munnings painted with the Newlyn artists, depicting scenes such as Lamorna Inn, and where he met his lifelong

friend, the artist Laura Knight. The work displayed in this part of the house concludes with drawings made on the frontline in France during World War I.

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The staircase, landings and two upstairs galleries focus on Munnings’ most high-profile period during the 1920s and 1930s when he emerged as a sought after artist commissioned to paint equestrian portraits at some of the wealthiest estates in the UK, Europe and on the east coast of America. The galleries continue with a focus on his time

as President of the Royal Academy, before tracing his later years and a return to the landscapes of East Anglia that he so loved. Also on display is his most controversial work Does the Subject Matter? (1953-1956), painted just before his death in 1959, which explores his views on Modern Art.

In the garden, you will find Munnings’s Studio, housing his painting materials and props.

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The Munnings Art Museum is part of the Artist’s Studio Museum Network

The network is spearheaded by the Watts Gallery, please visit the website to find out more.

The museum’s displays are accompanied by explanatory text panels throughout, detailing important contextual events, people and influences. Many of the panels include quotes by Munnings himself, taken from his three volume autobiography, so that you can develop a sense of the man as well as the artist.

Knowledgeable room stewards are on hand to answer your questions and provide further information.

Children’s activity sheets are also available.