with a Foreword by His Grace, the Duke of Rutland.
A century after many of them were first written, this beautiful publication, based on fifty-four letters painstakingly transcribed by the museum, reveals never-before-seen correspondence from Sir Alfred Munnings to his wife.
Seemingly dashed-off in quieter moments, these affectionate and conversational letters, with little regard for grammar and punctuation, dash from subject to subject. They also reveal the abiding love that Munnings had for Violet, and often signed off his missives with Yours with love AJ and a large X.
Use the press out picture frame to line up your compositon and paint a garden scene.
Identify different types of bird in your garden and tick them off the list.
Make up a garden song based on the sounds you can hear around you.
Download our FREE “Path to the Orchard” activity sheet
with questions to answer and a wordsearch puzzle.
Based on the painting by Sir Alfred Munnings
SPECIAL EXHIBITION: YOURS WITH LOVE, AJ
When Alfred Munnings married his second wife Violet in April 1920 his reputation as a notable equestrian portraitist was flourishing. As a result of this he was frequently away from home for extended periods and he wrote home to his new wife of these experiences. In 2020 the museum’s displays will be interwoven with original correspondence, preparatory sketches and finished works that relate to this time.
The museum is also publishing a unique volume of the fifty of these hitherto unpublished and generally unseen personal letters written between 1920 and 1922. The letters reveal much about Munnings himself, his personality, his opinions, interests and beliefs and his working practices; they also provide an insight into the times in which he lived and in particular the aristocratic world of his patrons.
Opening summer 2020 Further details to be published here in early July