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.
When the first of the letters was written in April 1920, Munnings had established himself as an artist of repute following
the critical and public success of his First World War paintings. The deluge of commissions that followed meant that he was
often away from his idyllic new home in the village of Dedham, travelling great distances to paint his patrons. Billeted in local
hostelries, or in the homes of his clients, he began to write regular letters home to his new wife, Violet.
Seemingly scribbled 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; often signed off
with “Yours with love, AJ, X”.
An exhibition to accompany the book will open at the Munnings Art Museum in due course.
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